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Overview

Multiculturalism has been one of the dominant concerns in political theory over the last decade. To date, this inquiry has been mostly informed by, or applied to, the Canadian, American, and increasingly, the European contexts. This volume explores for the first time how the Australian experience both relates and contributes to political thought on multiculturalism. Focusing on whether a multicultural regime undermines political integration, social solidarity, and national identity, the authors draw on the Australian case to critically examine the challenges, possibilities, and limits of multiculturalism as a governing idea in liberal democracies. These essays by distinguished Australian scholars variously treat the relation between liberalism and diversity, democracy and diversity, culture and rights, and evaluate whether Australia’s thirty-year experiment in liberal multiculturalism should be viewed as a successful model.

Geoffrey Brahm Levey teaches political theory at the University of New South Wales, where he was founding director of the Program in Jewish Studies from 1996 to 2005. His recent publications include two co-edited books, Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship (with Tariq Modood, 2008) and Jews and Australian Politics (with Philip Mendes, 2004).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845454920
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Brahm Levey teaches political theory at the University of New South Wales, where he was founding director of the Program in Jewish Studies from 1996 to 2005. His recent publications include two co-edited books, Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship (with Tariq Modood, 2008) and Jews and Australian Politics (with Philip Mendes, 2004).
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Table of Contents

1 Multicultural Political Thought in Australian Perspective Geoffrey Brahm Levey Levey, Geoffrey Brahm 1

Pt. I Liberalism and Diversity

2 Anarcho-Multiculturalism: The Pure Theory of Liberalism Chandran Kukathas Kukathas, Chandran 29

3 Multiculturalism: A Value-Pluralist Approach George Crowder Crowder, George 44

4 Liberal Nationalism and the Multicultural State John Kane Kane, John 63

5 "Something That Deserves Our Admiration and Respect" Barry Hindess Hindess, Barry 83

Pt. II Democracy and Diversity

6 Three Images of the Citizenry Philip Pettit Pettit, Philip 101

7 "Civicily" and Multiculturalism: A Comment on Pettit Martin Krygier Krygier, Martin 119

8 Multiculturalism and Resentment Duncan Ivison Ivison, Duncan 129

Pt. III Community, Culture, and Rights 149

9 Conflicting Imaginaries in Australian Multiculturalism: Women's Rights, Group Rights, and Aboriginal Customary Law Moira Gatens Gatens, Moira 151

10 Loyalty and Membership: Globalization and Its Impact on Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and the Australian Community Kim Rubenstein Rubenstein, Kim 171

11 Multiculturalism and Migration Law Arthur Glass Glass, Arthur 188

Pt. IV Australian Multiculturalism: Success or Failure? 207

12 Multiculturalism, National Identity, and Pluralist Democracy: The Australian Variant Brian Galligan Galligan, Brian Winsome Roberts Roberts, Winsome 209

13 A Pragmatic Response to a Novel Situation: Australian Multiculturalism James Jupp Jupp, James 225

14 Is Australian Multiculturalism in Crisis? A Comment on Galligan and Roberts and on Jupp Maria R. Markus Markus, Maria R. 242

15 Multiculturalism and Australian National Identity GeoffreyBrahm Levey Levey, Geoffrey Brahm 254

References 281

Index 305

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