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Multiculturalism's Double-Bind

Creating Inclusivity, Cosmopolitanism and Difference, 1st Edition

By John Nagle


208 pages

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Using a rich array of ethnographic and archival data closely considering the Irish and the manner in which ’Irishness’ was rendered inclusive, Multiculturalism's Double Bind demonstrates that multiculturalism can encourage cross-community political engagement in the global city. This book challenges the perceived wisdom that multiculturalism counteracts the opportunity for groups to move beyond their particularized constituency to build links and networks with other 'minority' groups. Theoretically informed and empirically grounded this volume will appeal to scholars across a range of disciplines, including migration and ethnicity, social and cultural anthropology, Irish studies and sociology.


'This book is the authoritative guide to multiculturalism as concept, controversy and practice. It not only provides a comprehensive and lucid critique of all the key theories and debates, but does so through rigorous reflection around a compelling body of rich ethnography. Nagle’s insights into the London Irish and their relationships to multiculturalism and the state reopen a wider debate that is both timely and necessary.' Hastings Donnan, Queen’s University Belfast, UK 'Currently, there is a haunting pessimism circulating across the state, media and popular culture about the implosion of British multiculturalism. In response, this highly original and moving text offers innovative insights into how we live with difference. The globally based London Irish diaspora are creatively deployed to rethink the multifaceted aspects of a rapidly changing society, politics and culture. This challenging book is a must read; written in a wonderful style, combining scholarship and accessibility that will appeal to academics, policy makers and the general reader.' Mairtin Mac an Ghaill, University of Birmingham, UK

About the Author

John Nagle, Research Associate, INCORE, University of Ulster, UK

About the Series

Urban Anthropology

Urban Anthropology
The first series of its kind to be established by a major academic press, Urban Anthropology publishes ethnographically global, original, empirically-based works of high analytical and theoretical calibre, all of which are peer reviewed. The series publishes sole-authored and edited manuscripts that address key issues that have comparative value in the current international academic and political debates. These issues include, but are by no means limited to: the methodological challenges posed by urban field research; the role of kinship, family and social relations; the gap between citizenship and governance; the legitimacy of policy and the law; the relationships between the legal, the semi-legal and the illegal in the economic and political fields; the role of conflicting moralities across the social, cultural and political spectra; the problems raised by internal and international migration; the informal sector of the economy and its complex relationships with the formal sector and the law; the impact of the process of globalization on the local level and the significance of local dynamics in the global context; urban development, sustainability and global restructuring; conflict and competition within and between cities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General