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Multiculturalism: A Very Short Introduction
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MULTICULTURALISM: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION

PAPERBACK BY RATTANSI, ALI (VISITING PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, CITY UNIVERSITY, LONDON)

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9780199546039
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PUBLISHER
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
IMPRINT
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
200 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
22 SEP 2011

DESCRIPTION

Multiculturalism appears to be in terminal crisis. It has been blamed for undermining national identity, diluting social cohesion, creating ethnic ghettos and cultural fragmentation, providing fertile ground for Islamic radicalism, encouraging perverse 'political correctness', and restricting liberal freedoms of expression, amongst other things. The public debate over multiculturalism has polarised opinion amongst the general public, policy makers, and politicians. But how much real evidence, beyond tabloid headlines and anecdotes, exists for these claims? In this Very Short Introduction, Ali Rattansi considers the actual evidence from social science research to provide a balanced assessment of the truth and falsity of the charges against multiculturalism. Dispelling many myths in the process, he also warns about the dangers that lurk in an uncritical endorsement of multiculturalism, and concludes by arguing that it is time to move on to a form of 'interculturalism'. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

CONTENTS

Introduction ; 1. What is multiculturalism? ; 2. Is multiculturalism bad for women? ; 3. Is multiculturalism responsible for social disintegration, ghettos and 'parallel lives'? ; 4. Ethnic minority integration, class inequality and 'community cohesion' ; 5. National identity, belonging and 'the Muslim question' ; 6. Moving on: multiculturalism, interculturalism and transnationalism in a new global era ; References ; Further Reading