Volume 13 of the series Nationalisms across the Globe is now published by Peter Lang with the full title The Challenges of Non-Territorial Autonomy. Theory and Practice. The volume editors are Ephraim Nimni, Queen’s University Belfast, ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr. Alexander Osipov, and Professor David J. Smith, University of Glasgow.
Navigating between individual and collective equality
According to the editors, multicultural liberal democracies do sincerely champion equality and individual human rights. However, they often have considerable difficulty in accommodating culturally diverse minority communities.
The Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy explores and evaluates non-territorial autonomy (NTA) as an important modality of ethnic and religious diversity management.
Employing both theoretical and empirical approaches, and also including the work of legal practitioners, the essays within the volume examine the challenges and possible solutions offered by different NTA models:
- Do they serve the effective participation of minorities in public life?
- Do they address issues such as the limits and possibilities of implementing NTA models in liberal democracies?
- Do they address the question of the extent to which NTA approaches can serve the goals of European integration?
- Do they address the question of serving the European minority protection framework?
- Which role do they play in resolving protracted territorial conflicts?
In most cases, minority communities do not reside within a compact space. This makes any territorial representation impossible, and it brings into focus modalities of NTA as a possible alternative approach.
NTA takes a variety of different forms, such as consociationalism or national cultural autonomy. NTA also encompasses other forms of representation, such as frameworks for accommodating indigenous peoples, juridical autonomy extended to religious communities, or elements of some models of multiculturalism.
- Conference: “The Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy” on 9-10 November in Belfast.
The conference was the starting point of collecting articles and for co-editing The Challenges of Non-Territorial Autonomy. Theory and Practice.
- All postings about Non-Territorial Autonomy activities of ECMI.