Multicultural States: Rethinking Difference and Identity

David Bennett
Psychology Press, 1998 - 305 pàgines
1 Ressenya
This text challenges the national frames of reference of the debates which surround questions of ethnicity, race and cultural difference by investigating contemporary theories, policies and practices of cultural pluralism across eight countries with historical links in British colonialism: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Ireland and Britain. Written as history, theory, autobiography and political polemic, the book combines general theoretical discussions of the principles of cultural pluralism, nationalism, and minority identities with informative studies of specific local histories and political conflicts. Seeking to identify common problems and precepts in the postcolonial era, the contributors discuss such issues as political versus cultural constructions of nationhood in the USA and Australia; communalism and colonialism in India; Irish sectarianism and identity politics; ethnic nationalism in post-apartheid South Africa; British multiculturalism as a heritage industry; multicultural law and education in Canada and New Zealand; and refugees, migrancy and identity in a global cultural economy.

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David Bennett teaches English and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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