Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity: National Narratives, Multiple Identities and Minorities

Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity: National Narratives, Multiple Identities and Minorities


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472471758
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/18/2018
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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


Bhikhu Parekh

  1. Introduction. A Retrospective on Diversity Commissions: From Set-Up and Working Methods to Impacting Policy
  2. Katayoun Alidadi and Marie-Claire Foblets

    Part I

    The Importance of Britishness: The Parekh Commission Report and beyond

  3. Pointing to a Multicultural Future: Rethinking Race, Ethnicity, Religion and Britishness
  4. Tariq Modood

  5. National Identities and the ‘Parekh Report’
  6. Varun Uberoi

  7. British Multiculturalism: From ‘Parekh’ to ‘PREVENT’, and Beyond
  8. Ralph Grillo

  9. ‘Religion, Belief and Diversity in Transition: The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life’
  10. Maleiha Malik

    Part II

    Laïcité Facing Religious Diversity: France’s Stasi Commission and its Legacy

  11. Laicité is a most liberal legal frame: reflections on the work on of the Stasi Commission
  12. Patrick Weil

  13. Retrospective on the French Stasi Commission
  14. Jean Baubérot and John R. Bowen

  15. Theoretical Perspectives of Cultural and Religious Diversity in Two National Reports
  16. Karel J. Leyva

    Part III

    Reasonable Accommodations Revisited: Quebec’s Bouchard-Taylor Commission

  17. The Bouchard-Taylor Commission and Beyond. Cultural and Religious Diversity in Quebec
  18. Jocelyn Maclure and Sébastien Lacroix

  19. Cohesive Fear: A Comment on Maclure and Lacroix
  20. Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens

    Part IV

    Belgium’s Experiment with Interculturalism: The Round Tables Experience

  21. The Round Tables on Interculturalism: A Successful or Unsuccessful Experiment in
  22. Deliberative Democracy?

    Marie-Claire Foblets

  23. Religious and Cultural Diversity in Belgium: Finding the Common Denominator
  24. Patrick Charlier and Nathalie Denies

  25. ‘Making a difference’: Dialogue and compromise in the Belgian Federal Round Tables of Interculturalism
  26. Nadia Fadil

    Part V

    Engaging Retrospective Insights, Forging Ways Forward

  27. Religion in the Retreat of Multiculturalism
  28. Christian Joppke

  29. Religion, Culture and Liberal Democracy: The Issue of Majority Cultural Precedence
  30. Geoffrey Brahm Levey

  31. The European Court of Human Rights: Fundamental Assumptions that have a Chilling
  32. Effect on the Protection of Religious Diversity

    Eugenia Relaño Pastor

  33. Charting Perspectives, Positions and Recommendations in Four Commission Reports: Reasonable Accommodation for Religion or Belief as Barometer

Katayoun Alidadi

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