Chapter

Introduction

Pathik Pathak

in The Future of Multicultural Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635443
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652877 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635443.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter introduces two scenes. The first one is in Oldham, Bradford, and Burnley in the summer of 2001. At the dawn of New Labour's second term, when they were returned to power with a daunting parliamentary majority, a cascade of civil unrest in England's northern towns stunned Britain. The second scene is in Gujarat in spring 2002. What happened in the western Indian state of Gujarat almost twelve months later was both more calculated and of a radically more barbaric order. What both incidents indicated, across their disparate spaces, was a novel reflex of the nation-state to demonise minorities as inassimilable communities, and a disinclination to recognise them as citizens. What was intriguing was the correspondence between a declining multiculturalism and an ascendant majoritarianism.

Keywords: Britain; Oldham; Bradford; civil unrest; New Labour; Gujarat; majoritarianism; multiculturalism

Chapter.  11489 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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