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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

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

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422659.003.0005

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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