Multiculturalism in the British Commonwealth : Comparative Perspectives on Theory and Practice
Multiculturalism constitutionalism cultural diversity decolonization globalization group politics immigration increased demographic diversity indigenous peoples legal strategies liberal democratic citizenship liberal democratic governance nation state building national minorities nationalism political economy political strategies political theory practice public debates remaking of the world secularism social diversity social theory theory
University of California Press 2019EISBN 9780520971103
A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at www.luminosoa.org. Multiculturalism as a distinct form of liberal-democratic governance gained widespread acceptance after World War II, but in recent years this consensus has been fractured. Multiculturalism in the British Commonwealth examines cultural diversity across the postwar Commonwealth, situating modern multiculturalism in its national, international, and historical contexts. Bringing together practitioners from across the humanities and social sciences to explore the legal, political, and philosophical issues involved, these essays address common questions: What is postwar multiculturalism? Why did it come about? How have social actors responded to it? In addition to chapters on Australia, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand, this volume also covers India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore, and Trinidad, tracing the historical roots of contemporary dilemmas back to the intertwined legacies of imperialism and liberalism. In so doing it demonstrates that multiculturalism has implications that stretch far beyond its current formulations in public and academic discourse.