In several Western countries, expert commissions composed of academics, public figures, politicians and community organisers have been established by governments or civil society to reflect on the changes and challenges of an increasingly plural society. Commission recommendations on how to ‘manage’ diversities successfully have shaped national narratives and affected law and public policies, yet research on the workings of such commissions remains rare.
This book focuses on the experiences of expert commissions in the UK, France, Quebec and Belgium. Furthering the debate on commissions’ potential and limitations it draws on the first-hand experiences and introspection of former commission members and close observers, along with outside perspectives and critique from independent scholars.
Building on its companion volume (Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity: Analysis, Reception and Challenges), this book engages with core concepts of identity, nationality, citizenship, freedom, equality and accommodation. It will appeal to researchers and students of public policy, sociology, anthropology, law, religion, politics, history and migration studies, as well as policymakers and anyone with a general interest in current debates on ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.
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About the Author
Katayoun Alidadi is Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany.
Marie-Claire Foblets is Director of the Department of Law and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany and Professor of Law at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
Table of Contents
- Introduction. A Retrospective on Diversity Commissions: From Set-Up and Working Methods to Impacting Policy
- Pointing to a Multicultural Future: Rethinking Race, Ethnicity, Religion and Britishness
- National Identities and the ‘Parekh Report’
- British Multiculturalism: From ‘Parekh’ to ‘PREVENT’, and Beyond
- ‘Religion, Belief and Diversity in Transition: The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life’
- Laicité is a most liberal legal frame: reflections on the work on of the Stasi Commission
- Retrospective on the French Stasi Commission
- Theoretical Perspectives of Cultural and Religious Diversity in Two National Reports
- The Bouchard-Taylor Commission and Beyond. Cultural and Religious Diversity in Quebec
- Cohesive Fear: A Comment on Maclure and Lacroix
- The Round Tables on Interculturalism: A Successful or Unsuccessful Experiment in
- Religious and Cultural Diversity in Belgium: Finding the Common Denominator
- ‘Making a difference’: Dialogue and compromise in the Belgian Federal Round Tables of Interculturalism
- Religion in the Retreat of Multiculturalism
- Religion, Culture and Liberal Democracy: The Issue of Majority Cultural Precedence
- The European Court of Human Rights: Fundamental Assumptions that have a Chilling
- Charting Perspectives, Positions and Recommendations in Four Commission Reports: Reasonable Accommodation for Religion or Belief as Barometer
Katayoun Alidadi and Marie-Claire Foblets
The Importance of Britishness: The Parekh Commission Report and beyond
Laïcité Facing Religious Diversity: France’s Stasi Commission and its Legacy
Jean Baubérot and John R. Bowen
Karel J. Leyva
Reasonable Accommodations Revisited: Quebec’s Bouchard-Taylor Commission
Jocelyn Maclure and Sébastien Lacroix
Belgium’s Experiment with Interculturalism: The Round Tables Experience
Patrick Charlier and Nathalie Denies
Engaging Retrospective Insights, Forging Ways Forward
Geoffrey Brahm Levey
Effect on the Protection of Religious Diversity
Eugenia Relaño Pastor