The Multicultural Riddle: Rethinking National, Ethnic and Religious Identities

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1999-03-22
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Multicultural Riddleis a comprehensive exploration of all the issues that shape our search for a multicultural society. The book examines how we can establish a state of justice and equality between and among three groups: those who believe in a unified national culture, those who trace their culture to their ethnic identity, and those who view their religion as their culture. To solve the multicultural riddle, one must rethink national identity, ethnicity and the role of religion in the modern world. In this rethinking comes a new concern with the meaning and making of culture emerges.

Table of Contents

About This Book
"I Have a Dream"--but Who Is It For?
Civil Rights, Human Rights, or Community Rights?
From Dreaming to Meaning: The Multicultural Triangle
National Culture, Ethnic Culture, Religion as Culture
The Nation-State, I: Postethnic or Pseudotribe?
Why Nation-States Are Not Ethnically Neutral
The Nation-States, II: Business or Temple?
Why Nation-States Are Not Religiously Neutral
Ethnicity: Blood or Wine?
Not Biological Essence, but Cultivated Ferment
Religion: Baggage or Sextant?
Not Immutable Heritage, but Positioning in Context
Culture: Having, Making, or Both?
From an Essentialist through a Processual to a Discursive Understanding
Multicultural Theory, I: The Sales Talk and the Small Print
Are You Same Enough to Be Equal?
Multicultural Theory, II: The Values and the Valid
What Is It Prof. Taylor Should "Recognize"?
Multicultural Praxis: The Banal and the Best
From Culti-Parading to Multi-Relating
From Dreaming to Meaning: A Summary
Multiculturalism Is a New Understanding of Culture
From Meaning to Practice: What Students Can Donew Understandings Require New Projects
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