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Reflexive Minority Action: Minority Narratives and New European Discourses

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Cultural minorities react differently to globalizing forces. The globalization has been seen mainly as a negative influence on integration in multicultural societies. This chapter examines the reflexive actions of cultural minorities seeking to eke out strategies for coping with social changes. This is discussed in terms of minority narratives influencing European discourses on cohesion, citizenship and the environment. The chapter demonstrates that some minorities seek new spaces for politics in an effort to influence bottom-up democratization through politicization of regional territory, through the reframing of ideologies, by mobilizing intra-regional networks and through intra-state politics. It maintains that such bottom-up minority mobilization is fuelled by reflexive citizenship acts seeking to transform institutions and strategies. The basic argument is that human reflexivity is at work in the dialectics between cultural minorities and institutions facing social change due to globalization.

Keywords: cultural minorities; European discourses; globalization; multicultural societies



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