This book debates these questions and explores the concept of identity and how its different meanings and interpretations impact upon community policy. The chapters bring together leading academics, policymakers, think-tank representatives, and community workers to debate the connections between ethnic diversity, identity, and community cohesion.

Reasoned Identities: A Committed Relationship

Reasoned identities: A committed relationship
BhikhuParekhUniversity of Westminster and House of Lords

There are several recurrent themes in this excellent collection of papers. I would like to explore two of them in further detail.

Multiculturalism

Unlike the Canadian, Australian, Indian and other discussions of multiculturalism, the British discourse is marked by a striking paradox. Many people welcome the fact that Britain is a multicultural society and delight in its cultural diversity. Some of them however endorse multiculturalism while others reject it. How is it possible to welcome multicultural society but reject multiculturalism? And how can those who agree on the value of cultural diversity take such diametrically opposite views on multiculturalism? There are several explanations, the most important being the two different ways in ...

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