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Edited by two leading scholars in the field, this new title in Routledge’s Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Sociology, is a four-volume collection of canonical and cutting-edge research. Serious work on multiculturalism flourishes as never before, and this ‘mini library’ meets the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of the subject’s vast literature and the continuing explosion in research output.

Perhaps more than other critical concepts, ‘multiculturalism’ is hotly contested; there are sharply different—and perhaps ultimately irreconcilable—approaches to a variety of multicultural conceptions and projects. Rather than seek to establish some kind of consensus on classic works, this collection explicitly brings together the best and most influential work to have emerged from all sides of the debate.

The first volume in the collection (‘Conceiving Multiculturalism: From Roots to Rights’) assembles key research to trace the concept of multiculturalism from long-standing arguments on tribal co-existence, humans rights and civil rights to the rights to recognition. Volume II (‘Multiculturalism and the Nation State: Who Recognizes Whom?’) collects the most important thinking to explore the tensions between national, ethnic, and religious identity politics. Volume III (‘Multiculturalism in the Public Sphere’), meanwhile, brings together the best research which examines the difficult choices to be made between ideas of social integration and contending notions of community rights, not least in schools and in the marketplace.

The scholarship assembled in the final volume of the collection (‘Crises and Transformations’) juxtaposes work dealing with the most urgent crises in multiculturalism—such as the revival of virulent nationalism—with the best classic and contemporary thinking on the new realities of transnationalism.

The collection is supplemented with a full index, and includes a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context. Multiculturalism is destined to be valued by scholars, students, and researchers as a vital research resource.

Table of Contents


Volume I: Conceiving Multiculturalism: From Roots to Rights

Part 1: From Poly-Ethnic Societies to Plural Societies

1. William H. McNeill, Polyethnicity in History (University of Toronto Press, 1985), pp. I–VI, 1–29.

2. M. G. Smith, ‘Pluralism in Precolonial African Societies’, in M. G. Smith and L. Kuper (eds.), Pluralism in Africa (University of California Press, 1971), pp. 91–151.

3. M. G. Smith, ‘Institutional and Political Conditions of Pluralism’, in M. G. Smith and L. Kuper (eds.), Pluralism in Africa (University of California Press, 1971), pp. 27–65.

4. J. S. Furnivall, ‘The Political Economy of the Tropical Far East’, Journal of the Royal Central Asiatic Society, 1942, 29, 195–210.

5. B. Benedict, ‘Stratification in Plural Societies’, American Anthropologist, 1962, 64, 1235–46.

6. H. Demaine, ‘Furnivall Reconsidered: Plural Societies in South-East Asia in the Post-Colonial Era’, in C. Clarke, D. Ley, and C. Peach (eds.), Geography and Ethnic Pluralism (Allen & Unwin, 1984), pp. 23–50.

7. L. A. Despres, ‘Anthropological Theory, Cultural Pluralism and the Study of Complex Societies’, Current Anthropology, 1968, 9, 3–26.

8. W. Goodenough, ‘Multiculturalism as the Normal Human Experience’, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 1976, 7, 4, 4–6.

9. L. Drummond, ‘The Cultural Continuum: A Theory of Intersystems’, Man, 1980, 15, 352–74.

10. G. Baumann, ‘Ritual Implicates "Others": Re-reading Durkheim in a Plural Society’, in D. de Coppet (ed.), Understanding Rituals (Routledge, 1992), pp. 97–116.

Part 2: Rights for Whom, Rights to What?

11. T. Paine, ‘The Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack in the French Revolution’, in J. S. Jordan and M. D. Conway (eds.), The Writings of Thomas Paine, Vol. II (AMS Press, 1967), pp. 303–10.

12. United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Adopted and Proclaimed by General Assembly Resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948.

13. M. B. Dembour, ‘Human Rights Talk and Anthropological Ambivalence: The Particular Contexts of Universal Claims’, in O. Harris (ed.), Inside and Outside the Law (Routledge, 1996), pp. 18–39.

14. Will Kymlicka, ‘Individual Rights and Collective Rights’, in Kymlicka (ed.), Multicultural Citizenship (Clarendon Press, 1995), pp. 34–48.

15. S. M. Okin, ‘Is Multiculturalism Bad for Woman?’, in Joshua Cohen, Matthew Howard, and Martha C. Nussbaum (eds.), Is Multiculturalism Bad for Woman (Princeton University Press, 1999), pp. 7–27.

16. S. M. Okin, ‘Multiculturalism and Feminism: No Simple Question, No Simple Answers’, in Eisenberg, Avigail, and Spinner-Halev (eds.), Minorities within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity (Cambridge University Press, 2005), pp. 67–90.

17. M. B. Dembour, Who Believes in Human Rights? (Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 285–95.

Volume II: Multiculturalism and the Nation-State: Who Recognizes Whom?

Part 3: The Nation and its Others

18. W. Connor, ‘Beyond Reason: The Nature of the Ethnonational Bond’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1993, 16, 3, 373–89.

19. W. Schiffauer, ‘The Civil Society and the Outsiders: Drawing the Boundaries in Four Political Cultures’ (1993) (

20. J. Joppke, ‘Multiculturalism and Immigration: A Comparison of the United States, Germany and Great Britain’, Theory and Society, 1996, 25, 4, 449–500.

21. Y. N. Soysal, ‘Changing Parameters of Citizenship and Claims-Making: Organised Islam in European Public Spheres’, Theory and Society, 1997, 26, 4, 509–27.

22. C. Taylor, ‘The Politics of Recognition’, in A. Gutmann (ed.), Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition (Princeton University Press, 1994), pp. 25–74.

23. G. Baumann, ‘The Values and the Valid. What is it Prof. Taylor should "Recognize"?’, in G. Baumann (ed.), The Multicultural Riddle: Rethinking National, Ethnic, and Religious Identities (Routledge, 1999), pp. 107–20.

Part 4: A Politics of Culture?

24. B. Parekh and H. Bhabha, ‘Identities on Parade’, Marxism Today, June 1989, 24–9.

25. A. Kobayashi, ‘Multiculturalism: Representing a Canadian Institution’, in J. Duncan and D. Ley (eds.), Place/Culture/Representation (Routledge, 1993), pp. 205–31.

26. G. Baumann, ‘Dominant and Demotic Discourse of Culture: Their Relevance to Multi-Ethnic Alliances’, in P. Werbner and T. Modood (eds.), Debating Cultural Hybridity: Multi-Cultural Identities and the Politics of Racism (Zed Books, 1997), pp. 209–25.

27. C. U. Schierup, ‘What "Agency" Should we be Multi About? The Multicultural Agenda Reviewed’, European Journal of Intercultural Studies, 1992, 2, 3, 5–23.

28. V. Stolcke, ‘Talking Culture: New Boundaries, New Rhetorics of Exclusion in Europe’, Current Anthropology, 1995, 36, 1–24.

29. A. Phillips, ‘Multiculturalism, Universalism and the Claims of Democracy,’ in M. Molyneux and S. Razavi (eds.), Gender Justice, Development and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 115–40.

Volume III: Multiculturalism in the Public Sphere: City and School, Markets and Media

Part 5: The Multicultural City: Plural or Pluralist?

30. X. de Souza Briggs, ‘Civilization in Color: The Multicultural City in Three Millennia’, City & Community, 2004, 3, 4, 311–42.

31. J. Friedmann and U. A. Lehrer, ‘Urban Policy Responses to Foreign Immigration: The Case of Frankfurt-am-Main’, Journal of the American Planning Association, 1997, 63, 1, 61–78.

32. A. Ackermann, Ethnic Identity by Design or by Default? A Comparative Study of Multiculturalism in Singapore and Frankfurt am Main (Verlag für interkulturelle Kommunikation, 1997), pp. 1–16, 193–204.

33. A. Amin, ‘Ethnicity and the Multicultural City: Living with Diversity’, Environment and Planning A, 2002, 34, 959–80.

34. S. Vertovec, ‘Berlin Multikulti: Germany, "Foreigners" and "World-Openness"’, New Community, 1996, 22, 381–99.

35. N. Foner, ‘How Exceptional is New York? Migration and Multiculturalism in the Empire City’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2007, 30, 6, 999–1023.

36. T. B. Hansen, ‘Sounds of Freedom: Music, Taxis, and Racial Imagination in Urban South Africa’, Public Culture, 2006, 18, 1, 185–208.

37. R. Bauböck, ‘Public Culture in Societies of Immigration’, in R. Sackmann, T. Faist, and B. Peters (eds.), Identity and Integration: Migrants in Western Europe (Ashgate, 2003), pp. 37–57.

Part 6: The Multicultural School: Social Engineering?

38. M. Geyer, ‘Multiculturalism and the Politics of General Education’, Critical Inquiry, 1993, 19, 499–533.

39. N. Glazer, ‘We are all Multiculturalists Now’, in N. Glazer (ed.), We are All Multiculturalists Now (Harvard University Press, 1997), pp. 147–79.

40. M. Kalantzis and B. Cope, ‘Multicultural Education: Transforming the Mainstream’, in S. May (ed.), Critical Multiculturalism (Falmer Press, 1999), pp. 245–76.

41. G. Baumann, ‘Nation-State, Schools and Civil Enculturation’, in W. Schiffauer et al. (eds.), Civil Enculturation: Nation-State, Schools and Ethnic Difference in four European Countries (Berghahn Books, 2004), pp. 1–18.

42. S. Mannitz, ‘Pupils Negotiations of Cultural Difference: Identity Management and Discursive Assimilation’, in W. Schiffauer et al. (eds.), Civil Enculturation: Nation-State, Schools and Ethnic Difference in Four European Countries (Berghahn Books, 2004), pp. 242–303.

Part 7: Markets and the Media: Commodifying Culture?

43. K. Mitchell, ‘Multiculturalism, or the United Colors of Capitalism?’, Antipode, 1993, 25, 4, 263–94.

44. A. Caglar, ‘McDöner: Döner Kebap and the Social Positioning Struggle of German Turks’, in J. A. Costa and G. J. Bamossy (eds.), Marketing in a Multicultural World: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Cultural Identity (Sage, 1995), pp. 209–30.

45. S. Ursem, ‘Ethnic Food is Anti-Multicultural’ (paper given at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, 2008), pp. 1–8.

46. C. Dwyer and P. Crang, ‘Fashioning Ethnicities: The Commercial Spaces of Multiculture’, Ethnicities, 2002, 2, 410–30.

47. M. Gillespie, ‘The Gulf Between Us: Punjabi London Youth, Television and the Gulf War’, Indo–British Review: A Journal of History, 1994, 21, 1, 133–41.

48. M. Gillespie, ‘Security, Media, Legitimacy: Multi-ethnic Publics and the Iraq War 2003’, International Relations, 2006, 20, 4, 447–86.

49. I. Ang, ‘The Predicament of Diversity: Multiculturalism in Practice at the Art Museum’, Ethnicities, 2005, 5, 3, 305–20.

Volume IV: Crises and Transformations: Challenges and Futures

Part 8: Multiculturalism in Crisis?

50. T. Asad, ‘Multiculturalism and British Identity in the Wake of the Rushdie Affair’, Politics and Society, 1990, 18, 455–80.

51. Y. Samad, ‘Book Burning and Race Relations: Political Mobilisation of Bradford Muslims’, New Community, 1992, 18, 4, 507–19.

52. R. Bauböck, ‘Farewell to Multiculturalism? Sharing Values and Identities in Societies of Immigration’, Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2002, 3, 1, 1–16.

53. David Ley, ‘Post-Multiculturalism?’ (Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis, Working Paper Series, No. 05-18, 2005), pp. 1–28.

54. D. Goodhart, ‘Too Diverse?’, Prospect, 95, 2004, 1–9.

55. K. G. Banting, ‘The Multicultural Welfare State: International Experience and North American Narratives’, Social Policy and Administration, 2005, 39, 2, 98–115.

56. A. Gingrich, ‘Nation, Status and Gender in Trouble? Exploring some Contexts and Characteristics of Neo-nationalism in Western Europe’, in A. Gingrich and M. Banks (eds.), Neo-nationalism in Europe: Perspectives from Social Anthropology (Berghahn Books, 2006), pp. 29–49.

Part 9: Multiculturalism in Transformations

57. A. Gupta and J. Ferguson, ‘"Culture": Space, Identity, and the Politics of Difference’, Cultural Anthropology, 1992, 7, 1, 6–23.

58. S. Hall, ‘Political Belonging in a World of Multiple Identities’, in Steven Vertovec and Robin Cohen (eds.), Conceiving Cosmopolitanism (Oxford University Press, 2003), pp. 25–32.

59. L. Sandercock, ‘Transformative Planning Practices: How and Why Cities Change’, in L. Sandercock (ed.), Mongrel Cities in the 21st Century (Continuum, 2003), pp. 157–79.

60. J. Bloomfield and F. Bianchini, ‘Examples of Best Practice: Intercultural Initiatives at City Level’, in J. Bloomfield and F. Bianchini (eds.), Planning for the Intercultural City (Comedia, 2004), pp. 71–102.

61. S. Vertovec, ‘Super-diversity and its Implications’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2007, 30, 6, 1024–54.

62. R. Bauböck, ‘Beyond Culturalism and Statism: Liberal Responses to Diversity’ (Florence: Eurosphere Working Paper No. 6, 2008), pp. 2–34.

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