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Political theory and the multicultural society. Bhikhu parekh. Cultural diversity in modern societies takes many forms, of which three are most common. First. Bhikhu Parekh’s Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory sets out to design paths for multiculturalism understood both as political. Kelly, Paul () Situating Parekh’s multiculturalism: Bhikhu Parekh and twentieth-century British political theory. In: Uberoi, Varun and.

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We shall call this perspectival diversity. Each carries bits of the other within itself and is never wholly sui generis. Bhikhk achieves a level of theoretical coherence and a depth of insight that is rare and impressive. Political cultures, cultural politics Whatever their differences, contemporary multicultural societies raise several common and novel questions muoticulturalism to the cultural rights of minorities, the nature of collective rights, the rights and obligations of immigrants, the ways of accommodating dual diasporic loyalties, the variety pxrekh the level and forms of citizenship, whether all cultures deserve equal respect, whether they should be judged in their multiculturaliwm terms, or ours, or universal standards, how we can communicate across and resolve deep differences between cultures, and so forth.

Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women? American Journal of Sociology. Third, in their discussions of how to treat the socalled non-liberal ways of life, liberal writers have adopted one of two strategies.

Although the culturalists appreciated pare,h importance of culture, they misunder-stood its nature. Since each defines its identity in terms of its differences from others or what it is not, it feels threatened by them and seeks to safeguard its integrity by resisting their influences and even avoiding pardkh contacts with them.

This book is rich in conclete examples, as argument on uniform, the publicaiton of Salam Rusdie’s book and so on. In a multicultural society different communities have different needs, and some might be structurally disadvantaged or lack the skill and the confidence to participate in the mainstream society and avail of its opportunities.


It is a strength of this work that Parekh not only develops a brilliantly conceived theory of multiculturalism, but applies that theory meaningfully to thorny policy questions.

Bhikhu Parekh, What is multiculturalism

Misrecognition, therefore, can only be countered by undertaking a rigorous critique of the dominant culture and radically restructuring the prevailing inequalities of economic and political power. To call contemporary Western society liberal is not only to homogenize and oversimplify it, but also to give liberals a moral and cultural monopoly over it and to treat the rest as illegitimate and troublesome intruders.

Since conservatives vehemently reject all this, they refuse to call Britain multicultural; by contrast many British liberals, who endorse most of these claims, have no hesitation in calling it multicultural. The wisdom of a multicultural society consists in its ability to anticipate, minimize and manage such demands.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It is, however, neither unusual nor impossible to meet, for traditional political philosophy at its best has always refused to remain trapped within the terms of discourse set by the contending ideologies of the marketplace and attempted to go behind and above them in its search for a more universal and less positivist theoretical framework. While such a theory would rightly draw on the insights of the traditional political theory, it is also bound to mark a radical departure from it in its basic assumptions, conceptual framework, and philosophical concerns.

Situating Parekh’s multiculturalism: Bhikhu Parekh and twentieth-century British political theory

Added to PP index Total downloads 3of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? C ommitment or belonging is reciprocal in nature. A multicultural society, then, is one which includes two or more mullticulturalism communities.

They split up humankind into different cultural units, and could not give a coherent account of how human beings were able to communicate across and even evaluate the customs and practices of other cultures.


If we are to theorize multicultural societies we need to reject these mutually reinforcing and equally unsatisfactory extremes and develop a theory of human beings that does three things. Cultural Diversity and Civic Education: When you read these chapters you patekh to understand the difficulty and importance of finding acceptable multicultudalism.

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Over the years, Bhikhu Parekh’s writings have been the source of sanity and wisdom on cultural rights and community relations. Parekh has multicupturalism it again!

T he political context mu,ticulturalism which the Constitution was drafted has however altered considerably. Views Read Edit View history. The problem of establishing a successful multi-cultural society is not new.

Ships from and sold by Books’r us We ship worldwide! Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Culturalism, the second strand of thought articulated by some of the Sophists, Vico, Herder and the German Romantics, made the opposite move.

Some, mostly of teleological persuasion, confront non-liberals with a fullblooded liberal vision and condemn them for failing to measure up to it. M isrecognition has both a cultural and a material basis. Gemma Cornelissen – – Ratio Juris 25 1: The same tendency leads them to divide all ways of life into liberal and non-liberal, to equate the latter with illiberal, and to talk of tolerating and rarely of respecting or cherishing them.

The final chapter 11 presents an excellent summary. Toleration, Respect and Recognition: Since different communities have different historical backgrounds and needs and face different kinds of threats, they might demand different kinds of rights and powers.