Towards a cosmopolitan England?
in These Englands
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This chapter belongs to the genre Anthony Giddens calls utopian realism. It is utopian that treats cosmopolitan England as a good thing, an England whose desirable characteristics and possibilities outweigh its undesirable ones. Some formulations of cosmopolitan theory point to an ultra-cosmopolitanism and as such are unsociological, even anti-sociological; they do not apply to real worlds inhabitable by real people. Others offer a real cosmopolitanism of more practical value to social scientific analysis and empirical research. The chapter focuses on multi- and inter-culturalism, attitudes to diversity, ethnic diversity in London, and bi- and multi-lingualism. In August 2005, Ipsos-MORI conducted a 'multiculturalism poll' for the BBC which included a boosted supplementary survey of Muslims. In March/April 2006 GfK NOP surveyed Muslim opinion for a Channel 4 Dispatches programme in areas with a 5" or more penetration of Muslims.

These Englands

A conversation on national identity

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