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Jonathan Seglow

Introduction 1 Multiculturalism can be acknowledged, championed, challenged or rejected, but it cannot be ignored because it describes a central feature of the world in which we live. Oddly, however, for many years it was ignored, despite decades of struggle by black Americans for full political inclusion, the confederalism adopted by several European states to accommodate linguistic and religious

in Political concepts
Bryan Fanning

8 Multicultualism in Ireland Introduction This chapter examines efforts to contest racism and discrimination faced by minorities in Ireland as expressions of multiculturalism. These include those by the state to oppose racism and discrimination, those which have emerged ‘bottom up’ at the instigation of activists from minority communities, notably from Travellers, and responses by the state to these. Current state practices, legislation and voluntary initiatives are described as amounting to a ‘weak’ multiculturalism. This multiculturalism is characterised by a

in Racism and social change in the Republic of Ireland
Kader Asmal

15 Peace, multiculturalism and development Professor Kader Asmal Introduction Professor Kader Asmal spoke on the 4 February 2008 about the preoccupation of a lifetime of academic study, activism, work on constitutional ideals and public service – which was a passion for and commitment to human rights, equality, justice and development. He spoke from his own experience of life in a system that had lacked basic justice and equality: apartheid South Africa; he spoke as one who had been obliged to leave in order to find opportunity and where he worked diligently to

in Peacemaking in the twenty-first century
Integration policy in Britain and France after the SecondWorld War
Eleanor Passmore
Andrew S. Thompson

Multiculturalism is widely considered to be a defining feature of Britain’s response to post-war immigration and remains the most important – if contested – idea underpinning the British approach to integration. This chapter explores the origins of the concept of multiculturalism by comparing official rhetoric about ‘new’ Commonwealth immigration during the 1950s and 1960s

in Empire, migration and identity in the British world
Modernity and the recuperation of migrant memory in the writing of Hugo Hamilton
Jason King

12 Irish multicultural epiphanies: modernity and the recuperation of ­migrant memory in the writing of Hugo Hamilton Jason King At the height of the Irish economic boom on St. Patrick’s Day 2007, the Irish Times editorialised that ‘we are all the speckled people today. Confident, wealthy, forward-looking, internationalist, we can afford to define our identity in terms that celebrate our overlapping multiplicity of allegiances and diversity’ (Anon., 2007). In its allusion to Hugo Hamilton’s memoir The Speckled People (2003), the newspaper envisioned the author as

in Literary visions of multicultural Ireland
Chris Gilligan

6 From civil rights to multiculturalism We humans, uniquely among the animal kingdom, have the ability to step outside our immediate experiences and imagine a different world. We have the capacity to look at the world from a different perspective, whether the perspective of other people, or of a future society that does not yet exist. Not only can we imagine a world that does not yet exist, we can also act to try to bring the world of our imaginations into being in the real world. Bees can build beehives, large complex structures, but they only build beehives

in Northern Ireland and the crisis of anti-racism
The ‘European’ possession
Andrekos Varnava

origin of the Cypriot Orthodox. When it became official policy in the 1920s to discourage Hellenism, the metropolitan and local governments used archaeology to invent the ‘Eteo-Cypriots’. 73 Before the First World War it was the Hellenic motif that dominated and this had a profound effect on the inhabitants of the island. Hellenism changed Cyprus from a multicultural to a multinational place. Inclusions

in British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878–1915
Volker M. Heins

4 Recognition, Multiculturalism and the Allure of Separatism Volker M. Heins In Charles Taylor's seminal writings, the revival of the nineteenth-century concept of ‘recognition’ was closely connected to the birth of ‘multiculturalism’ as a public policy and normative idea. This connection has

in Recognition and Global Politics
Neil McNaughton

Issues concerning women Racial issues and the multicultural society 106 8 ➤ The background to racial problems in the UK ➤ Descriptions of the main pieces of race legislation ➤ The features and importance of the Stephen Lawrence case ➤ The importance of the Macpherson and Ousley Reports ➤ The work of the Commission for Racial Equality ➤ The broad issues of racial discrimination ➤ Forms of non-legislative race relations initiatives ➤ The issue of multiracialism IMMIGRATION Although Britain has, throughout its history, assimilated large numbers of different

in Understanding British and European political issues