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Making a Case for Multiculture: From the ‘Politics of Piety’ to the Politics of the Secular?

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/9780748635443.003.0006
Making a Case for Multiculture: From the ‘Politics of Piety’ to the Politics of the Secular?

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This chapter obituarises multiculturalism, as both a theory and a political practice. It argues that the conflation between state and philosophical multiculturalism is misguided and has condemned the latter without sufficient attention to its nuance. Rounding out the appraisal of the progressive challenge to majoritarianism, the chapter states that the task for the Left is not to repudiate multiculturalism altogether, but to go beyond it and dismantle constructed hierarchies between inheritance and experience.

Keywords: state multiculturalism; majoritarianism; Left politics; political multiculturalism

Chapter.  9805 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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