The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism brings together a collection of new essays by leading and emerging scholars in the humanities and social sciences on some of the key issues facing multiculturalism today. It provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge treatment of this important and hotly contested field, offering scholars and students a clear account of the leading theories and critiques of multiculturalism that have developed over the past twenty-five years, as well as a sense of the challenges facing multiculturalism in the future. Key leading scholars, including James Bohman, Barbara Arneil, Avigail Eisenberg, Ghassan Hage, and Paul Patton, discuss multiculturalism in different cultural and national contexts and across a range of disciplinary approaches. In addition to contributions, Duncan Ivison also provides a comprehensive Introduction which surveys the field and offers an extensive guide to further reading. This is a key volume for anyone interested in multiculturalism and its political premise.
'The Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism is a comprehensive and engrossing treatment of an important subject. The chapters not only offer comprehensive reviews of the state of the debate; they also make engaging and provocative contributions to that debate. This is a book that students and scholars alike will find useful and interesting.' Simone Chambers, University of Toronto, Canada 'An impressive international cast of contributors survey the current literature in this vital field of political and social theory, whilst transforming and renewing these debates and controversies. This book is an essential starting point for research in the field and an necessary reference point for all who wish to defend or challenge the multiculturalist approach to cultural and identity-group accommodation.' Paul Kelly, London School of Economics, UK '… the book provides thought-provoking debate on the theoretical basis for multiculturalism. It seeks, as Ivison puts it, to provide an alternative perspective to discussions driven by fear or short-term political agendas.' Runnymede Bulletin
Contents: Introduction: multiculturalism as a public ideal, Duncan Ivison; Part I Foundations: Liberal multiculturalism, Geoffrey Brahm Levey; Multiculturalism and political morality, Jocelyn Maclure; Multiculturalism and political ontology, Paul Patton. Part II Challenges: Diversity and the limits of liberal toleration, Thomas M. Besch; Multiculturalism and the social sphere, Barbara Arneil and Fiona Macdonald; Multiculturalism, gender and justice, Avigail Eisenberg; Multiculturalism, pluralism and democracy, James Bohman; Multiculturalism and recognition, Nicholas H. Smith; Postcolonial multiculturalism, Monica Mookherjee; Conditional multiculturalism: Islam in liberal democratic states, Michael Humphrey; Multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism, Charles Jones. Part III Alternative Perspectives: Intercultural relations at the limits of multicultural governmentality, Ghassan Hage; Security warning: multiculturalism alert!, Rita Kaur Dhamoon; Master Kong versus Master Mo: two views of cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism in the early Chinese philosophical tradition, Jeffrey Riegel; Bibliography; Index.