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Globalisation and Affirmative Action

In the context of a concerted assault on affirmative action policies that began more than 10 years ago and the current dominance of the right-wing in political discourse and action in the US, the US Supreme Court's rulings in the two University of Michigan affirmative action cases last month are certainly surprising. Few would have expected a rightward drifting court to endorse so firmly a left-leaning policy like racial/ethnic preferences. How can this remarkable outcome be explained?

Racial Justice in a Multi-Ethnic Society

The immediate concern of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain was narrow and practical, namely, how to deal with the discrimination and disadvantages to which ethnic minorities are subject in British society. The Commission was, however, led to ask large questions about the nature of British society, the best way to read its history, how to deepen its collective self-understanding so as to make it hospitable to the presence of ethnic minorities, the appropriate language to describe the contemporary state of race relations, the nature of racism, how to balance the demands of social cohesion with those of cultural differences and the limits of permissible diversity.

Managing Multiplicity

An individual's multiple roles in a complex society that often does not overlap with that of another individual allows for the development of linkages and interactions among members of a society. Insularity develops when areas of interaction develop giving rise to boundaries limiting groups. This paper applies this dual framework to study the fluidity of groups that have emerged in Indian history and to study the uniquely 'sandwich cultures' that have developed.

UK : Chicken Tikka Multiculturalism

After the summer of recurring racial violence in Britain's northern towns there is a need to rethink the whole idea of multiculturalism as it has evolved over the past two decades. Of particular interest is the relationship between multiculturalism and economic neo-liberalism and a pressing issue is the plight of industrial underclass and the urban blight that ravages Britain's inner city areas.

Multiculturalism as Ideological Mantra

Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Democracy edited by Rajeev Bhargava, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, R Sudarshan; Oxford University Press, 1999; Rs 595, pp 433 (hard bound).
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