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British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation$
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Lasse Thomassen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474422659

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422659.001.0001

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Tolerance: Circles of Inclusion and Exclusion

Tolerance: Circles of Inclusion and Exclusion

(p.132) 4 Tolerance: Circles of Inclusion and Exclusion
British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation

Lasse Thomassen

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter on the concept and practice of tolerance makes use of the legal case Begum together with three other cases from the same period: X v Y, Playfoot and Watkins-Singh. The chapter analyses the debates about the cases in two broadsheets: The Guardian and The Telegraph. The cases all concerned the rights of schoolgirls in state schools to wear particular kinds of religious clothing and symbols: two different versions of the hijab, a Christian purity ring, and a Sikh bangle. Examining the way tolerance and difference and identity are articulated across the debates about the four cases, I show how lines of inclusion and exclusion are articulated, existing side by side and competing within the same representational space of British multiculturalism.

Keywords:   Begum, Britishness, exclusion, identity politics, inclusion, multiculturalism, religion

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