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This thematic issue of UNESCO's International Journal on Multicultural Societies explores the question of how governments address the issue of territorially based ethnic or nationalist movements. Whereas previous issues of the International Journal focused on religion and language as factors for social cleavages in democratic societies and explored the social, political and legal conditions for public policies which recognise diversity and, at the same time, sustain social cohesion, this thematic issue addresses a particularly important challenge of public policy-making: violence and movements towards secession in plurinational and multi-ethnic states.
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Koenig, Matthias. Editorial. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2002, vol. 4, no.1, pp. 1-2. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol4/issue1/ed