Multicultural States: Rethinking Difference and Identity

December 8, 2020
Multicultural States: Rethinking Difference and Identity

The idea of the nation is globally in crisis, butmulticulturalism has often seemed to name a specifically nationaldebate. Multicultural States challenges the national focus of thesedebates by investigating theories, policies and practices ofcultural pluralism across eight countries with historical links inBritish colonialism: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,India, South Africa, Ireland and Britain.This important book combines discussions of the principles ofmulticulturalism with studies of specific local histories andpolitical conflicts. The contributors discuss:communalism and colonialism in IndiaIrish sectarianism and postmodern identity politicsethnic nationalism in post-apartheid South AfricaBritish multiculturalism as part of the heritage industryfeminism and Australian republicanism.Contributors: Ien Ang, David Attwell, Homi K. Bhabha, GargiBhattacharyya, Abena P. A. Busia, Dipesh Chakrabarty, TerryEagleton, John Frow, Henry A. Giroux, Ihab Hassan, SmaroKamboureli, Maria Koundoura, Beryl Langer, Anne Maxwell, MeaghanMorris, Susan Mathieson and Jon Stratton