`Jagdish S Gundara's own early experiences have given him unique insights into both the problems and the possibilities of relationships between cultures. His book reflects a life dedicated to fostering positive intercultural relations and provides an analysis of the role of education in overcoming the barriers. All who are interested in building genuinely inclusive notions of education and citizenship will benefit from reading this impressive book' - Geoff Whitty, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, University of London Jagdish S Gundara raises a range of critical issues for educators as a consequence of historical and contemporary aspects of social diversity. Using a historical and social scie

Multicultural Britain

Multicultural Britain

State and Society

In this chapter I present multiculturalism differently from how it is commonly presented. I argue that British society has historically always been multicultural, and show how the descriptive and taxonomic features of societal diversity are persistently camouflaged by the hegemonic state. Nevertheless, devolution within Britain to the Scottish and Welsh nations and the constitutional arrangements in Northern Ireland are now visible as strong markers of the fundamental historical features of the multiculturality of British society.

The immigrant presence merely highlights aspects of the historical diversity and has itself a historical dimension. So, despite attempts during the contemporary period to ‘otherise’ Blacks and Asians and construct them as aliens, they remain an integral part of Britain's diverse society. The Black and Asian ...

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