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Multiculturalism (2010-2011)

Mishra, V.ORCID: 0000-0002-0193-9736 (2013) Multiculturalism (2010-2011). The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, 21 (1). pp. 1-22.

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This chapter focuses on books published in the field of multiculturalism/multicultural studies primarily in 2010 and 2011. References to a few earlier works, and one published in 2012, are also made. The review acknowledges that multiculturalism as a term is gradually losing its power and significance and books are returning to specific ethnic, intercultural, unity-in-diversity and other related themes. Unsurprisingly not a single book written in or translated into English discussed in this critical survey carries the word multiculturalism in its title or subtitle, although a book not mentioned in earlier surveys but published in 2009—Fortier’s Multicultural Horizons—echoes that word. The survey begins with a book by France Winddance Twine on interracial connections in Britain. The use of ‘interracial’ and ‘multiracial’, hitherto anathema to most multicultural theorists, is symptomatic of either a sense of exhaustion about multiculturalism or a recognition that multiculturalism has to address very real questions about race which is a little different from theoretical reflections on ‘racism’.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: © 2013 The English Association
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