This work examines the shortcomings of contemporary approaches to multiculturalism by analyzing the relationship between diasporas and more sessile communities. Most existing discussions on the subject do not utilize the experience of diasporas in their research. This book critically assesses two contemporary approaches to multiculturalism, namely Liberalism 1 and 2. These two understandings of multiculturalism are taken from Michael Walzer, - one where the state is seen as a neutral arbiter between culturally different groups and the other where the state is seen as identifying with one or several cultural groups. The central argument forwarded here is that although Liberalism 1 and 2 are commendable approaches to the management of difference in a polity, they are unable to secure long-term inter-group harmony owing to the static understanding of identity that underpins both approaches. Diasporas have been specifically selected for the examination of their relation to more sessile communities. This work looks at the growing number of diasporas and explores the traditionally negative connotation of the word.
The three examples analyzed in the study are within the Chinese, African and Jewish diasporas.