In the second edition of this popular and compelling book, Modood updates his original argument with two new chapters. He reassesses the relationship between multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and assimilation, demonstrating that multiculturalism is crucial for successful integration. He also argues that while multiculturalism poses a significant challenge to existing forms of secularism, this challenge should not be exaggerated into a crisis. In so doing, Modood adds new vigor to the claim that multiculturalism remains a living force which is shaping our polities, even as its death is repeatedly announced.
This book will appeal to students, researchers and teachers of politics, sociology and public policy, as well as to anyone interested in the prospects of multiculturalism today.
Second Edition Acknowledgements x
1 Is Multiculturalism Appropriate for the Twenty–first Century? 1
2 A Liberal’s Bias 20
3 Difference, Multi and Equality 34
4 Liberal Citizenship and Secularism 58
5 Multiculturalism and Essentialism 80
6 Multicultural Citizenship 108
7 The Strange Non–Death of Multiculturalism 144
8 Multiculturalism and the ‘Crisis of Secularism’ 168
Joseph H. Carens, University of Toronto
"This important book is an authoritative and subtle analysis as well as a robust and well argued defence of multiculturalism. It cuts through much conceptual fog surrounding the subject, and shows why multiculturalism in some form is a necessary precondition of social cohesion."
Lord Bhikhu Parekh, University of Westminster"Multiculturalism is, in my view, the best introduction to what has become a central concern of contemporary liberal politics. More than that, it is a significant contribution to the ongoing debate on the acceptable limits of cultural difference in a democracy. Well–informed on questions of crucial fact, skilled in the deployment of relevant social theory, Modood has given us an important book that should be read carefully by everyone who wants to think sanely about our plural societies."
Talal Asad, CUNY Graduate Center, New York
Modood’s important and challenging book is a much needed voice of caution in the headlong rush to abandon multiculturalism and all it stands for. There is much that critics of multiculturalism can and must learn from this book. It should also be compulsory reading for all engaged in British political life.
Paul Kelly, London School of Economics and Political Science