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Mishra, V. (2010) Multiculturalism. The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, 18 (1). pp. 155-183.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ywcct/mbq009
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Abstract

This year’s review of multiculturalism looks at the ways in which it continues to be an umbrella term under which a diverse number of issues related to race and ethnicity are discussed. The great works on multicultural theory are a thing of the past and what we are now seeing are either books which take up quite specific issues or books which use multicultural ideas as ideas of and from the margins which have now been taken over by mainstream liberal intellectuals. In this context it is only proper that a book published a year later (in 2009) is also discussed as part of the 2008 output. Two issues stand out: the first relates to the ways in which a European critical modernity can take us back to a more enlightened way in which matters of cultural difference may be addressed; the second, in an uncomfortable fashion, suggests that multiculturalism as a social practice now deals primarily with the Muslim as the ‘other’ in need of critical engagement. The latter, disturbingly, takes us to a reformulation of social practice as no longer a matter of ‘diversity’ control or critique but one of a binary of a collective ‘us’ (regardless of racial or cultural difference) versus the Muslim other.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Oxford University Press
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/13517
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