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Should interethnic encounters be based on culture or citizenship ? : Implications for the politics of language

Abstract : The dilemma of multiculturalism in Mauritius lies in the confrontation between a politics of identity which grants rights of belongingness to groups and a politics based on individual rights where culture is deemed irrelevant. The Mauritian dilemma of living in a multicultural society, in other words, boils down to a choice between the notion of citizenship or « la citoyenneté » with its corollary values such as « equal opportunities » for all and on the other hand, respect for cultural diversity. The debate as to whether interethnic encounters should be based on the notion of citizenship or cultural diversity has profound implications for the politics of language in Mauritius.
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Satish Kumar Mahadeo. Should interethnic encounters be based on culture or citizenship ? : Implications for the politics of language. Kabaro, revue internationale des Sciences de l'Homme et des Sociétés, L'Harmattan ; Université de La Réunion, 2008, Interethnicité et Interculturalité à l’île Maurice, IV (4-5), pp.67-73. ⟨hal-03484891⟩

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