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The Trouble with David Goodhart’s Britain: Liberalism’s Slide towards Majoritarianism

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/9780748635443.003.0002
The Trouble with David Goodhart’s Britain: Liberalism’s Slide towards Majoritarianism

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This chapter deals with Britain, looking at the muddled majoritarian response to the civil unrest in England's northern towns, concerns about Asian self-segregation, and the flow of asylum seekers. It argues that these are not intermittent anxieties, but manifestations of a discernible turn to majoritarian thinking exemplified by Prospect editor David Goodhart's proposal for a ‘progressive nationalism’ which fundamentally questions the merits of cultural diversity and the twenty-first-century mandate for liberal politics.

Keywords: David Goodhart; cultural diversity; liberal politics; majoritarian; civil unrest; England; Asian self-segregation; asylum seekers

Chapter.  10284 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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