Multicultural Politics

Racism, Ethnicity and Muslims in Britain

Tariq Modood

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Muslims have come to be perceived as the 'Other' that is most threatening to British society. This book argues that what begins as a narrative of racial exclusion and black-white division has been complicated by cultural racism, Islamophobia and an unexpected challenge to secular modernity. Moreover, the idea of 'race' as underclass has had to contend with the creation of middle class formations and high levels of participation in higher education among some non-white groups. These plural divisions are not intractable but require us to rethink simplistic and monistic ideas about racism, secularism, liberalism and what it means to be British.

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1. Introduction: Racism, Asian Muslims and the Politics of Difference
Part 1: Racisms, Disadvantage and Upward Mobility
2. `Difference', Cultural-Racism and Anti-Racism
3. If Races Do Not Exist, Then What Does? Racial Categorisation and Ethnic Realities
4. Ethnic Diversity and Racial Disadvantage in Employment
5. Ethnic Differentials in Educational Performance
Part 2: The Muslim Challenge
6. Reflections on the Salman Rushdie Affair: Muslims, Race and Equality in Britain
7. Muslims, Incitement to Hatred and the Law
8. Multiculturalism, Secularism and the State
9. Muslims and the Politics of Multiculturalism
10. Rethinking Multiculturalism and Liberalism
11. Conclusion: Plural Britishness.

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Since the Salman Rushdie affair in 1989, Tariq Modood has established himself as one of the foremost commentators on minority ethnic affairs in Britain. Multicultural Politics is a very welcome and timely collection of selections from his work, 1990-2003. ... Multicultural Politics is an important book and unlike anything else currently available.
Sean McLoughlin, University of Leeds
Over the years Tariq Modood has emerged as one of the foremost theorists of British multiculturalism. His writings are marked by penetrating theoretical insights and good practical sense. These virtues are fully on display in this splendid book.
Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh
Tariq Modood is Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

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