Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t

Cultural Pluralism Today

Cultural pluralism today

Most societies exhibit cultural pluralism – that is, their citizens belong to different cultural or linguistic communities. What to make of this fact has been the subject of serious academic debate. The following essay provides a map of the analyses and debates about cultural pluralism in contemporary Western liberal democracies. It begins by examining some lessons that political and social theories of pluralism might helpfully contribute to the study of cultural pluralism. It then guides the reader through two projects in which theorists who write about cultural pluralism today are engaged. The first project is to determine the different spheres of social and political life in which cultures might be empowered or disadvantaged. What counts for a cultural group as ...

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