By Tariq Modood
At a time whilst many public commentators are turning opposed to multiculturalism according to fears approximately militant Islam, immigration or social harmony, Tariq Modood, one of many world's best specialists on multiculturalism, offers a particular contribution to those debates. He contends that the increase of Islamic terrorism has neither discredited multiculturalism nor heralded a conflict of civilizations. in its place, it has highlighted a critical problem for the twenty first century - the pressing have to comprise Muslims in modern conceptions of democratic citizenship.
In the second one version of this renowned and compelling e-book, Modood updates his unique argument with new chapters. He reassesses the connection among multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and assimilation, demonstrating that multiculturalism is important for winning integration. He additionally argues that whereas multiculturalism poses an important problem to latest varieties of secularism, this problem shouldn't be exaggerated right into a obstacle. In so doing, Modood provides new energy to the declare that multiculturalism continues to be a dwelling strength that's shaping our polities, at the same time its loss of life is again and again announced.
This ebook will entice scholars, researchers and lecturers of politics, sociology and public coverage, in addition to to an individual attracted to the clients of multiculturalism today.
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The imperial legacy has, paradoxically, both been a source of racism and constituted a set of opportunity structures for an easy acquisition and exercise of citizenship (for ex-imperial subjects), for political opposition to racism and for an ethnic minority assertiveness, partly influenced by developments elsewhere, especially in the US. Ethnic identity, like gender and sexuality, has assumed a new political importance and for some migrants and their descendants has become a primary focus of their politics.
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Examples of what I have in mind are when British Asians begin to redefine the racism that they experience, from a colour-racism, the experience of not being white in a white society, to a racism which targets Asians in the form of distinctive stereotypes and vilifies aspects of their culture. Or, when black women begin to recharacterize sexism to take account of their distinctive concerns (Carby 1982; Amos and Parmar 1984); or when Muslim women challenge leading forms of feminism which portray the wearing of a headscarf as a form of oppression but regard the sexualization of public space (in terms of dress, visual Difference, Multi and Equality 39 images, shopping malls) as emancipatory (Bullock 2002).
Multiculturalism by Tariq Modood