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The Future of Multicultural BritainConfronting the Progressive Dilemma$
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Pathik Pathak

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635443

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635443.001.0001

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

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

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(p.158) Chapter 5 Making a Case for Multiculture: From the ‘Politics of Piety’ to the Politics of the Secular?
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The Future of Multicultural Britain
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Pathik Pathak

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635443.003.0006

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

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