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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Both justice and the need to foster a common sense of belonging then require such measures as group-differentiated rights, culturally differentiated applications of laws and policies, state support for minority institutions, and a judicious programme of affirmative action.

Political theory and the multicultural society

Sign in Create an account. Three Educational Values for a Multicultural Society: The political theories, institutions, vocabulary, virtues and skill that we have developed in the course of consolidating and conducting the affairs of a culturally homogeneous state during the past three centuries are of limited help, and sometimes even a positive handicap, in dealing with multicultural societies.

It is caused by, among other things, the manner in which the wider society defines itself, the demeaning ways in which the rest of its members talk about these groups, and the dismissive or patronizing ways in which they treat them. Sign in to use this feature. Multicultural societies are not new to our age, for many premodern societies also included several cultural and religious communities and coped with the problems this threw up as best they could. Andrea Cassatella – – Ratio Juris 19 1: In some multicultural societies, differences between their cultural communities run much deeper than in others; for example, those between whites and aborigines in Australia compared to those between the Tamils and the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka.

Even such affluent, stable and politically mature democracies as the U.

Rethinking Multiculturalism Cultural Diversity and Political Theory

It took full account of religious and a rather limited account of cultural diversity, but none of ethnic self assertion. Citizenship is about status and rights; belonging is about acceptance, feeling welcome, a sense of identification.


Each culture was a well-knit and selfcontained whole, and entailed its own distinct form of moral and political life. Ships from and sold by Books’r us We ship worldwide!

Third, in multifulturalism discussions of how to treat the socalled non-liberal ways of life, liberal writers have adopted one of two strategies.

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 multkculturalism its opportunities.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Now that these and other possibilities have materialized, we need to undertake a radical reconsideration of some of the constitutive principles bhilhu the Indian state, and find a historically more sensitive and realistic way of evolving political unity out of the newly emergent forms of diversity. 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 multiculuralism them.

Bhikhu Parekh, What is multiculturalism

Joshua Preiss – – Res Publica 17 2: 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. The political theorist is culturally situated and prone to its inescapable biases, thus raising the question whether and how he or she can rise above his or her culture and, if not, what the intended audience and theoretical ambition should be.

Nor let us be resentful when others differ from us. Third, most modern societies also include several self-conscious and more or less well-organized communities entertaining and living by different systems of beliefs and practices. Rethinking Multiculturalism is sophisticated but also accessible; it really does force the most skeptical to “rethink” a wide range of issues. Liberals often argue that since modern Western society is liberal, it is bhkhu to ask all its members to live by the basic liberal values.


A political theory of the multicultural society needs to address these and related questions. It also assumed a culturally neutral and socially transcendental state, able to ensure political impartiality, and did not multicukturalism that a determined majority might culturally monopolise the state and use it to enforce a narrow vision of India.

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This book is excellent when it comes to examining the causes of this failure and what to do about it. While different citizens would develop different emotions towards their community, what is necessary to sustain it and can legitimately be expected of them is a basic commitment to its integrity and well-being, what one might call patriotism or political loyalty. Board of Education by Danielle S.

Some, mostly of teleological persuasion, confront non-liberals with a multiculturalisj liberal vision and condemn them for failing to measure up to it. Although individuals are not determined by their culture in the sense of being unable to take a critical view of it and to appreciate and learn from others, they are not transcendental beings contingently and externally related to their culture.

Earlier writers called contemporary Western society open, free, rational, civil or humane rather than liberal. Cultural Diversity and Political Theory”.

The problem of establishing multiculturalisj successful multi-cultural society is not new. Please try again later. C ommitment or belonging is reciprocal in nature. There is little sign that we have even begun to grasp the enormity of the problem facing us, let alone explore ways of tackling it.