Cultural Autonomy in Contemporary Europe
Edited by David J. Smith, Karl Cordell
Routledge – 2008 – 6 pages
In this volume, some of the world’s leading scholars involved in researching the fields of ethnopolitics, nationalism and ideas of nation and state, have come together to produce a work that is both original and accessible. The volume explores the rich, but sadly neglected tradition of thought on non-territorial cultural autonomy as exemplified by the work of Karl Renner and Otto Bauer and the European Nationalities Congress of the 1920s. Through a combination of theoretical analysis and case study approaches, the authors challenge conventional thinking on how best to reconcile competing claims over territory and cultural expression. Drawing upon a range of examples from countries such as Russia, Romania and Hungary, and by comparing the situation of territorially-based ethnic minorities with those - principally the Roma - who lack identification with a given state or states, the authors of this volume seek to supply answers and question received truths.
David Smith: The University of Glasgow, with Karl Cordell: The University of Plymouth: The Theory and Practice of Cultural Autonomy
Will Kymlicka,: Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario: National Cultural Autonomy and International Minority Rights Norms
Ephraim Nimni: Queen’s University, Belfast, National-Cultural Autonomy as an Alternative to Minority Territorial Nationalism
Aviel Roshwald: Georgetown University, Between Balkanisation and Banalisation: Dilemmas of Ethno-cultural Diversity
Ilona Klimová: Independent Researcher, USA: Transnational Romani and Indigenous Non-Territorial Self-Determination Claims
Bill Bowring: London Metropolitan University: The Tatars of the Russian Federation and National-Cultural Autonomy: A Contradiction in Terms?
D. Christopher Decker: OSCE: The use of Cultural Autonomy to Prevent Conflict and Meet the Copenhagen Criteria: The Case of Romania
Balázs Dobos, Corvinus University of Budapest: The Development and Function of Cultural Autonomy in Hungary
David J Smith is Reader in Baltic Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. He is the Editor of Journal of Baltic Studies, and has published extensively in the area of nationhood, nationalism and ethnopolitics in the Baltic Region and Central and Eastern Europe.
Karl Cordell is Reader in Politics at the University of Plymouth, UK. He is the co-editor of Ethnopolitics, and has published extensively in the fields of German politics, German-Polish relations, and German minorities in Europe.