Multicultural States: Rethinking Difference and Identity

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Multicultural States combines discussions of the principles of cultural pluralism, nationalism, and minority identities with informative studies of specific local histories and political conflicts in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa,

Ireland and Britain to identify common problems in the postcolonial era. The contributors discuss a range of issues from political versus cultural constructions of nationhood in the USA and Australia to ethnic nationalism in post-apartheid South Africa and multicultural law and education

in Canada and New Zealand. Contributors: Ien Ang, David Atwell, Homi Bhabha, Abena P. A. Busia, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Terry Eagleton, John Frow, Henry Giroux, Ihab Hassan, Smaro Kamboureli, Maria Koundoura, Beryl Langer, Anne Maxwell, Meaghan Morris, Susan Mathieson,

Jon Stratton.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415121583
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/10/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bennett teaches English and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I The limits of pluralism 27
2 Culture's in between 29
3 Liberalism and minority culture: Reflections on 'Culture's in between' 37
4 Five types of identity and difference 48
5 Economies of value 53
6 Multiculturalism or multinationalism? 69
Pt. II Multiculturalism and the nation: histories, policies, practices 89
7 Modernity and ethnicity in India 91
8 Between ethnicity and nationhood: Shaka Day and the struggle over Zuluness in post-apartheid South Africa 111
9 Postcolonialism: The case of Ireland 125
10 Multicultural imagined communities: Cultural difference and national identity in the USA and Australia 135
11 Globalisation and the myth of ethnic community: Salvadoran refugees in multicultural states 163
12 The politics of national identity and the pedagogy of multiculturalism in the USA 178
13 Ethnicity and education: Biculturalism in New Zealand 195
14 The technology of ethnicity: Canadian multiculturalism and the language of law 208
Pt. III Positionings 223
15 Lunching for the republic: Feminism, the media and identity politics in the Australian republicanism debate 225
16 Riding multiculturalism 252
17 Re:locations - Rethinking Britain from Accra, New York, and the Map Room of the British Museum 267
18 Counterpoints: Nationalism, colonialism, multiculturalism, etc. in personal perspective 282
Index 295
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