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Multicultural politics : racism, ethnicity, and Muslims in Britain
Author:
Modood, Tariq.
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9780816644872

9780816644889
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2005.
Physical Description:
xviii, 240 p. ; 24 cm.
Series:
Contradictions ; v. 22

Contradictions (Minneapolis, Minn.) ; 22.
Contents:
1. "Difference," cultural racism, and antiracism -- 2. If races do not exist, then what does? Racial categorization and ethnic realities -- 3. Ethnic diversity and racial disadvantage in employment -- 4. Ethnic differentials in educational performance -- 5. Reflections on the Rushdie affair : Muslims, race, and equality in Britain -- 6. Muslims, incitement to hatred, and the law -- 7. Multiculturalism, secularism, and the state -- 8. Muslims and the politics of multiculturalism -- 9. Rethinking multiculturalism and liberalism -- Conclusion : plural Britishness.
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If, as W. E. B. Du Bois observed, the problem of the twentieth century was the problem of the color line, the problem of the twenty-first century may be one that reaches back to premodernity: religious identity. Even before 9/11 it was becoming evident that Muslims, not blacks, were perceived as the "other" most threatening to Western society, even in a relatively pluralist nation such as Britain. In Multcultural Politics, one of the most respected thinkers on ethnic minority experience in England describes how what began as a black-white division has been complicated by cultural racism, Islamophobia, and a challenge to secular modernity. Tariq Modood explores the tensions that have risen among advocates of multiculturalism as Muslims assert themselves to catch up with existing equality agendas while challenging some of the secularist, liberal, and feminist assumptions of multiculturalists. If an Islam-West divide is to be avoided in our time, Modood suggests, then Britain, with its relatively successful ethnic pluralism and its easygoing attitude toward religion, will provide a particularly revealing case and promising site for understanding.


Summary

If, as W. E. B. Du Bois observed, the problem of the twentieth century was the problem of the color line, the problem of the twenty-first century may be one that reaches back to premodernity: religious identity. Even before 9/11 it was becoming evident that Muslims, not blacks, were perceived as the "other" most threatening to Western society, even in a relatively pluralist nation such as Britain. In Multcultural Politics, one of the most respected thinkers on ethnic minority experience in England describes how what began as a black-white division has been complicated by cultural racism, Islamophobia, and a challenge to secular modernity. Tariq Modood explores the tensions that have risen among advocates of multiculturalism as Muslims assert themselves to catch up with existing equality agendas while challenging some of the secularist, liberal, and feminist assumptions of multiculturalists. If an Islam-West divide is to be avoided in our time, Modood suggests, then Britain, with its relatively successful ethnic pluralism and its easygoing attitude toward religion, will provide a particularly revealing case and promising site for understanding.


Table of Contents

Craig CalhounCraig Calhoun
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction: Racism, Asian Muslims, and the Politics of Differencep. 1
Part I Racisms, Disadvantage, and Upward Mobility
1 "Difference," Cultural Racism, and Antiracismp. 27
2 If Races Do Not Exist, Then What Does? Racial Categorization and Ethnic Realitiesp. 46
3 Ethnic Diversity and Racial Disadvantage in Employmentp. 60
4 Ethnic Differentials in Educational Performancep. 82
Part II The Muslim Challenge
5 Reflections on the Rushdie Affair: Muslims, Race, and Equality in Britainp. 103
6 Muslims, Incitement to Hatred, and the Lawp. 113
7 Multiculturalism, Secularism, and the Statep. 131
8 Muslims and the Politics of Multiculturalismp. 151
9 Rethinking Multiculturalism and Liberalismp. 171
Conclusion: Plural Britishnessp. 185
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 219
Previous Publicationsp. 233
Indexp. 235
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction: Racism, Asian Muslims, and the Politics of Differencep. 1
Part I Racisms, Disadvantage, and Upward Mobility
1 "Difference," Cultural Racism, and Antiracismp. 27
2 If Races Do Not Exist, Then What Does? Racial Categorization and Ethnic Realitiesp. 46
3 Ethnic Diversity and Racial Disadvantage in Employmentp. 60
4 Ethnic Differentials in Educational Performancep. 82
Part II The Muslim Challenge
5 Reflections on the Rushdie Affair: Muslims, Race, and Equality in Britainp. 103
6 Muslims, Incitement to Hatred, and the Lawp. 113
7 Multiculturalism, Secularism, and the Statep. 131
8 Muslims and the Politics of Multiculturalismp. 151
9 Rethinking Multiculturalism and Liberalismp. 171
Conclusion: Plural Britishnessp. 185
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 219
Previous Publicationsp. 233
Indexp. 235
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