The Future of Multicultural Britain: Confronting the Progressive Dilemma

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Edinburgh University Press, 2008 - History - 209 pages
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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So many academic books are written in a dense way, but this is so different. As a second year undergraduate studying Race & Ethnicity this book really helped give a handle on the politics of multiculturalism. Though some of it went over my head, I really enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone looking for an overview of the politics of multiculturalism and diversity. 

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Pathik Pathak is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Southampton

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