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British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation

Lasse Thomassen

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Uses poststructuralist theory to connect inclusion, exclusion and identity, centred around real-world case studies from British culture, politics and law

Lasse Thomassen argues that the politics of inclusion and identity should be viewed as struggles over how these identities are represented. He centres this argument through careful analysis of cases from the last four decades of British multiculturalism.

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Introduction: Identity, Inclusion and Representation

  1. Hegemony, Representation and Britishness
  2. Subjects of Equality
  3. (Not) Just a Piece of Cloth: Recognition and Representation
  4. Tolerance: Circles of Inclusion and Exclusion
  5. Hospitality beyond Good and Bad

Conclusion: Multiculturalism, Britishness and Muscular Liberalism

About the Author

Lasse Thomassen is Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Deconstructing Habermas (Routledge, 2007) and Habermas: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2010), and the co-editor of Radical Democracy: Politics between Abundance and Lack (Manchester University Press, 2005) and the editor of The Derrida-Habermas Reader (Edinburgh University Press, 2006). Currently he is working on the concept of representation and new forms of radical politics.


This is a book of great originality that contributes new insights to the politics of representation. Thomassen makes a bold contribution to contemporary struggles for recognition by treating them not primarily as battles to include (or exclude) new political groups, but as moments where people contest the very terms of political and ethnic identities and their interrelations. In so doing, he re-makes multiculturalism from a crowd-pleasing ideal into a window for interrogating the power plays whereby constructions of identity are by turns invoked and renegotiated.

- Lisa Disch, University of Michigan

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