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Citizenship as free and equal membership in a polity is most commonly associated with its core principled commitment to civic equality. Its central basic characteristic is that each and every member of a polity is being granted an equal set of rights. Nevertheless, advocates of multiculturalism have maintained that standard conceptions of citizenship are either insensitive toward differences stemming from individuals’ cultural identity or straightforwardly discriminatory and oppressive. In particular, the education of students of migrant origin or minority students, together with other programs or initiatives, has opened some of the basic questions over the nature, value, and justification of cultural diversity.

Unlike the classical liberal or mainstream multicultural conceptions of citizenship, Will Kymlicka articulated a conception of multicultural citizenship that claims to be both sensitive ...

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