The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age

Lentin, Alana and Titley, Gavin (2011) The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age. Zed Books Ltd. ISBN 9781848135819

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Abstract

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. In beautifully belligerent writing, this unique and important new book forcefully challenges this familiar narrative of the rise and fall of multiculturalism by refuting the existence of a coherent era of 'multiculturalism' in the first place. After an inspiring foreword by Guardian-journalist Gary Younge, the authors argue that what we are witnessing is not so much a rejection of multiculturalism as a rejection of lived multiculture. In documenting mainstream racism and the anxieties that inform it, Lentin and Titley show that the crisis is a projection of neoliberal societies' disjunctures. This book combines theory with a reading of contemporary events and argues that challenging this notion provides activists with a chance to ultimately transcend resurgent racism. Review

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Alana Lentin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:29
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2012 14:00
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20826
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