Humane Incorporation: The Shape of Acceptable Options For Relations between Majorities and Minorities
To our surprise, we arrived at a broad consensus about the general shape of acceptable options for relations between minorities and the larger society. Within this overall shape a variety of alternative sets of particular policies may be filled in. Our consensus was thus purchased partly at the price of indeterminacy on subsidiary but important issues. Some of the indeterminacy we regret as a result of a lack of time or information, but much of the indeterminacy we regard as a virtue of our recommendation. For we assume that no single option for relations between minorities and the larger society is an ideal to which all countries ought to aspire. On the contrary, the history and self- understanding of each country set limits upon the options that are possible for that country — no one solution is best, or even possible, for all. But while our consensus is congenial to a variety of specific policies and institutions, it is not hospitable to all solutions. We believe that some constraints apply generally and that some options can therefore be excluded as clearly unacceptable.
KeywordsMigration Depression American Ideal Assimilation Peri
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