The Future of Multicultural Britain: Confronting the Progressive Dilemma

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Edinburgh University Press, 2008 - History - 209 pages
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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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