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. Tariq Modood has developed a unique and influential perspective out of his sense that the concerns of South Asians lie at the heart of 'race relations' in Britain. This book gathers together a number of his key sociological, political and theoretical interventions, together with a substantial new Introduction and Conclusion, allowing readers to engage with a distinctive analysis of race and religion.
Key Features: * Combines a discussion of racism and Muslim politics in Britain * Offers an interdisciplinary combination of empirical sociology with political theory of multiculturalism * Challenges the secularist bias of liberals and social scientists
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 regular contributor to the media and policy debates and his latest books are Ethnicity, Nationalism and Minority Rights (co-edited with S. May and J. Squires) and Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy in the US and UK (co-edited with G. Loury and S. Teles) (both CUP, 2004).
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.