Minorities within Minorities: Between the ''Self'' and the ''Other'', Fall 2008

Although, for centuries, we have witnessed different forms of nationalism, we cannot deny the fact that the international community lacked the necessary pace to form the instruments that would provide the protection of national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities. The minority rights literature talks only about these minorities as being subjected to certain policies that are restrictive or violating basic human rights. Despite the existence of such oppressive policies, minority groups ironically exert similar hegemonic policies to the minority groups that exist within themselves. This paper takes a general approach to the identity formation process and examines the creation of the “Self” and the “Other” and its reflections within the minority group itself.

 

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