Future of Multicultural Britain: Confronting the Progressive Dilemma: Confronting the Progressive Dilemma

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Edinburgh University Press, Aug 27, 2008 - Social Science - 224 pages
Global politics are deeply affected by issues surrounding cultural identity. Profound cultural diversity has made national majorities increasingly anxious and democratic governments are under pressure to address those anxieties. Multiculturalism - once heralded as the insignia of a tolerant society - is now blamed for encouraging segregation and harbouring extremism.Pathik Pathak makes a convincing case for a new progressive politics that confronts these concerns. Drawing on fascinating comparisons between Britain and India, he shows how the global Left has been hamstrung by a compulsion for insular identity politics and a stubborn attachment to cultural indifference. He argues that to combat this, cultural identity must be placed at the centre of the political system.Written in a lively style, this book will engage anyone with an interest in the future of our multicultural society.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Liberalisms Slide towards Majoritarianism
33
The Struggle to Define Hindu Nationalism
62
How we Got from New Times to New Liberalism
94
Recriminations from the Indian Left
122
From the Politics of Piety to the Politics of the Secular?
158
Conclusion
187
Index
205
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Pathik Pathak is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Southampton

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