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Most of the essays in this collection were written for an academic audience, but Kymlicka's writing is consistently clear and accessible. Which is wonderful, because the questions of nationalism and citizenship and too pressing, and Kymlicka's arguments too important to remain in the academy. Andrew Potter, National Post

Kymlicka is a provocative and intellectually stimulating writer whose ideas have much to offer and have become part of a wider philosophical and political discourse on minority rights... It is an excellent analysis of a wide variety of issues of significant importance in the current discourses on democracy, nationalism, minority rights, ethnic conflict ... makes a significant contribution to the further development of both theory and practice in accommodating population diversity within liberal democracies. Stefan Wolff, Specialist Group, Ethnic Politics

`Kymlicka's mid-level theory successfully tackles the confusion and obfuscation in our everyday discourse on ethnocultural justice ... displays a sophisticated philosophical engagement with reality, which exemplifies the very best of mid-level and applied contemporary political philosophy ... essential reading for anyone interested in the minority rights debate.' Democratization

Kymlicka provides an excellent account of the problem that inspires the multiculturalism debates. Bernard Yack, European Journal of Political Theory

Politics in the Vernacular presents a collection of extremely interesting and well-written essays that offer insightful and thought-provoking analysis of a number of issues central to the ongoing discourse surrounding minority rights. Importantly, its arguments are equally accessible to specialists and non-specialists, and the book contains a substantial independent bibliography and a thorough, helpful index. Shaun Young, Canadian Public Administration

About the Author

Will Kymlicka is the author of four books published by Oxford University Press: "Liberalism, Community, and Culture" (1989), "Contemporary Political Philosophy" (1990), "Multicultural Citizenship" (1995), which was awarded the Macpherson Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association, and the Bunche Award by the American Political Science Association, and "Finding Our Way: Rethinking Ethnocultural Relations in Canada" (1998). He is also the editor of "Justice in Political Philosophy" (Elgar, 1992), "The Rights of Minority Cultures" (Oxford, 1995), and "Ethnicity and Group Rights (NYU, 1997)". He is currently Professor of Philosophy at Queens University.

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