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OMNES: The Journal of Multicultural Society - Vol. 9, No. 1, pp.1-33
ISSN: 2093-5498 (Print)
Print publication date 31 Jan 2019
Received 17 Dec 2017 Revised 02 Jan 2018 Accepted 09 Jan 2018

Multiculturalism and the Policies of Community Rebuilding
Yasuo Tsuji
Hokkaido University, Japan


The purpose of the present paper is to distinguish and compare several ways of articulating and defending the policy ideal of multiculturalism. It distinguishes three approaches: the culturalist approach, the domination/oppression approach, and the community rebuilding approach. After briefly looking at the former two approaches, the present paper examines the community rebuilding approach in more detail. The community rebuilding approach attracts relatively little attention in political theory literature, but it is nonetheless informing important policy debates and practices of multiculturalism today. Finally, the paper compares the merits and demerits of the three approaches, and considers the appropriate way of articulating and applying multiculturalism in particular situations.

Keywords: multiculturalism, social pathology, community rebuilding, indigenous people, immigrants, late modernity

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Biographical Note

Yasuo Tsuji received LL.B. from the University of Tokyo and M.A. from McGill University. He is a Professor of Political Theory at Hokkaido University and a member of its three institutions; the Graduate School of Law, the Graduate School of Public Policy, and the Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies. He has written on topics related to history and current issues of liberalism. His current interest is theoretical consideration of multicultural and diversity issues in Japan as well as other countries. E-mail: (