The Multiculturalism of Fear

Synopsis

'The argument has the merit of informing theory with counterfactual scenarios with which to test many liberal assumptions.' -Years Work in Critical Cultural Theory'Levy's book offers many interesting ideas about how to deal with the enormous challenges ethnocultural pluralism throws forth in most states. It deserves a wide readership beyond political theory, and should also be studied by international relations scholars, conflict researchers and practitioners, policymakers, and diplomats.' -The Global Review of Ethnopolitics'The Multiculturalism of Fear is undoubtedly another book about multiculturalism, but rather than rehearsing old arguments in a familiar way, it contains a number of important messages and leads the reader to think about the topic in new ways.' -Stefan Wolff, University of BathThis book combines an analysis of the policy dilemmas faced by multiethnic states around the world with a philosophical consideration of multiculturalism and nationalism. It discusses land rights, official apologies for past injustices, the sexist and cruel internal practices of many minority groups, and the violence of state attempts to assimilate minorities. It argues that ethnic and national identity are not morally important, but that it is morally important to shape our laws and politics around the fact of cultural pluralism and the dangers it poses.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Jacob T. Levy
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2000