The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age

The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age

By: Gavan Titley (author), Alana Lentin (author)Paperback

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Across the West, something called multiculturalism is in crisis. Regarded as the failed experiment of liberal elites, commentators and politicians compete to denounce its corrosive legacies; parallel communities threatening social cohesion, enemies within cultivated by irresponsible cultural relativism, mediaeval practices subverting national 'ways of life' and universal values. This important new book challenges this familiar narrative of the rise and fall of multiculturalism by challenging the existence of a coherent era of 'multiculturalism' in the first place. The authors argue that what we are witnessing is not so much a rejection of multiculturalism as a projection of neoliberal anxieties onto the social realities of lived multiculture. Nested in an established post-racial consensus, new forms of racism draw powerfully on liberalism and questions of 'values', and unsettle received ideas about racism and the 'far right' in Europe. In combining theory with a reading of recent controversies concerning headscarves, cartoons, minarets and burkas, Lentin and Titley trace a transnational crisis that travels and is made to travel, and where rejecting multiculturalism is central to laundering increasingly acceptable forms of racism.

About Author

Alana Lentin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Sussex, UK. Gavan Titley is Lecturer in the School of English, Media and Theatre Studies, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland.


Preface, by Gary Younge Introduction and Acknowledgments Part I: Recited Truths: the Contours of Multicultural Crisis 1. The New Certainties 2. Recited Truths 3. The Comforts of Crisis 4. The Recited Truths of (British) Multiculturalism: a Rough Guide 5. Species of Blowback 6. The Long Unsettled Settlement Part II: Let's Talk About Your Culture: Post-Race, Post-Racism 7. Introduction: 'Race is Irrelevant, But All Is Race' 8. Reflections on Reflections: Can Europe be Racialized with Cultural People in it? 9. The Apparatus of Race 10. No Race, No Power, New Problems 11. An Era of Post-Racialism 12. The Ascent of Culture 13. The Fault-Lines of Postracialism Part III: Free Like Me: the Polyphony of Liberal Postracialism 14. From Evil to Relativism 15. In the Mirror, Through the Looking Glass 16. Liberal Populism, and Populist Liberalism 17. Europe's Prime Multicultural Experiment 18. The New Realism 19. Liberal Populism, and Populist Liberalism 20. The Polyphony of 'Identity Liberalism' Part IV: Mediating the Crisis: Circuits of Belief 21. Mediated Minarets 22. From Integration Debates to Integration Events 23. The Diminishing Returns of Honesty and Openness 24. Genres of Event 25. Something Rotten, etc, etc 26. Recited Truths, Circuits of Belief 27. Petri-Dish Cities 28. Coda: On Critics Part V: Good and Bad Diversity: the Shape of Neoliberal Racisms 29. Introduction: Pragmatic, Elastic, Ubiquitous 30. Analysing Contamination 31. Racy: Racial Neoliberalism and the Privatization of Race 32. Privatizing Racism 33. The Promise, and Problem of Diversity 34. Love Diversity, Hate Racism 35. Diversity Politics, and the Politics of Diversity 36. Conclusion: the Burka as Bad Diversity and Governmental Event Part VI: On One More Condition: the Politics of Integration Today 37. Introduction 38. The Rise of Domopolitics 39. Integrating the Sexual Nation 40. Not Free Enough: Sexual Repression as a Barrier to Integration References and Bibliography

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  • ISBN13: 9781848135819
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9781848135819
  • ISBN10: 1848135815

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