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and Muslims in Britain. USA: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity, and Muslims in Britain is an elo-. quent analysis of empirical and theoretical observations of multiculturalism. The book consists of two parts: Racism, Disadvant-. age, and Upward Mobility, which discusses ethnic diversity in employment. experiences in Britain. His book offers hope for British and pluralistic edu

Britain, according to Modood, provides a particularly promising begin- ning for building understanding and tolerance among its citizens.

Britain, according to Modood, provides a particularly promising begin- ning for building understanding and tolerance among its citizens. Candidate, Faculty of Education The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontairo, Canada Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany Joel S. Fetzer and J. Christopher Soper Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Multicultural Politics is a VERY worthwhile read. Modood challenges traditional conceptions of identity and racism by exploring the experience of South Asian Muslims in Britain. He seeks to achieve an understanding of society that is "anchored in the comprehension of agents themselves. The most persistent voice is his own, which infuses his arguments with the passion of a child whose "privileged middle-class life" in Pakistan was disrupted by his family's immigration to Britain in 1961.

Modood holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Durham, a PGCE from University College Cardiff and a PhD from University College Swansea.

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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

Tariq Modood explores the tensions that have risen among advocates of multiculturalism as Muslims assert themselves to catch up with existing equality agendas while challenging some of the secularist, liberal, and feminist assumptions of multiculturalists.

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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

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Elastic Skunk
Multicultural Politics is a VERY worthwhile read. Modood challenges traditional conceptions of identity and racism by exploring the experience of South Asian Muslims in Britain. He seeks to achieve an understanding of society that is "anchored in the comprehension of agents themselves." The most persistent voice is his own, which infuses his arguments with the passion of a child whose "privileged middle-class life" in Pakistan was disrupted by his family's immigration to Britain in 1961.

After analyzing ethnic statistics in Britain, Modood argues that the divide is not a black-white divide but "a divide between white, Chinese, African Asian, and Indian men on the one hand, and Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and Caribbean men on the other." Referencing the 20% of whites under 35 who admitted to being prejudiced against Asians in the 1986 Survey Report, Modood argues that this prejudice is primarily against Muslims and that "cultural racism" exists in tandem with and often as a second step to "color racism." While a quarter of whites attend a place of worship at least once a month, two-thirds of Muslims attend at least once a week. These statistics form the basis of Modood's claim that the movement to eliminate color racism excluded Asians by lumping them into the "black" category with which they could not identify.

"In locating oneself within a hostile society," Modood writes, "one must begin with one's mode of being, not one's mode of oppression." Modood cites evidence of Britain's "hostile society" in the BNP, adverse immigration laws, and "Paki-bashing" in the police force when Muslims confront the highest level of attacks on person and property. He also alleges discrimination against Muslims in education and employment. Muslims are underrepresented in prestigious jobs, and a BBC Radio experiment discovered that identical CVs submitted to 50 firms yielded interviews for 23% of applicants with white names compared to 9% with Muslim names. Modood also points to indirect discrimination that favors locals, requires work on Friday's, or frowns upon Muslim dress. However, he rejects Rex's theory that ethnicity is artificially determined by group conflict and Smith's theory that it is formed by resistance to oppression. Ethnicity is not, as Miles contends, a "false doctrine" and it is not "voluntary," as Banton suggests. Modood asserts that real collectivities exist, and defines them through five dimensions, including "cultural distinctiveness" and "identity."

He extends this analysis by arguing for a "state policy of multiculturalism" that views the country as more than a liberal association of autonomous individuals. He asserts the "positive right" of minorities to "share in the public domain, including law, in order to live by communal values even where those values run counter to majority values and lifestyles." While criticizing the effective "establishment" of Anglicanism in the British constitution, he argues that radical secularism also privileges the dominant ethnic group by forcing minorities to follow its normative legal ideal. Instead he proposes a "plural state," which recognizes both communities and individuals as actors and gives the former "a formal representation or administrative role" to play in the state, thereby offering a holistic emotional identity.

Modood's proposal fails to take Islam's pluralism into account. The very act of "institutionalizing some public space for religions" runs contrary to his fluid concept of identity. Modood asserts that he does not believe in "discrete, bounded populations of cultural absolutes" and expects a group to "change, develop, adopt, borrow, and synthesize". His proposal would marginalize minorities within Islam by creating a formal dialogue in the public sphere. Who will represent the Shi'a? Who will represent the 50% of Muslims who do not approve of state-funding for parochial schools or the youth who continue to identify with Islam without speaking South Asian languages, attending a mosque, or having arranged marriages?

A second cause for concern lies in Modood's definition of incitement to religious hatred. He compares the statement "Jesus Christ was a homosexual" with "Prophet Muhammad was a lewd, dishonest, dissembling power seeker" and concludes that the former is permissible but that the latter isn't because it criticizes a belief that is "part of the primary self-identification of a group." By forcing speech to contribute to "constructive dialogue," Modood places speech under subjective control. This act is a slippery slope to stifling academic inquiry. The ability of subversives within a religion to challenge the ascendant interpretation is essential to its fluid identity. Like his call for a "plural state," restricting offensive speech hardens the boundaries of identity that Modood ostensibly prefers remain "soft."
Galanjov
Tariq Modood's Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity, and Muslims in Britain is a significant contribution in the study of contemporary Europe and its treatment of minorities. The book's focus on Muslims, who comprise the largest minority in both Britain and Europe, is an added plus. The book comes out in a time many Western analysts discuss the future of Western Muslims. Modood takes the discussion beyond Europe to include comparisons with the situation in the United States.

Modood broadens the discussion of multiculturalism to include a focus on secularism. He argues that "fundamentalist" secularist ideology that is anti-religion has had an adverse impact on the treatment of religious minorities. As a result, Muslims for example have faced stagnation in upward mobility. The current challenge to Britian's treatment of its Muslims is to assure that these new Britons are able to advance like their white Christian cohorts. The alternative, of course, is the emergence of a second-class citizenry group.

The irony of this bleak prospect is that is has been enhanced despite a growing participation of the new minorities, particularly Muslims, in British and other European public discourses. Modood argues that this Muslim assertiveness should lead to a rethinking of what pluralism means in today's European societies. The new thinking must include a fresh look at the secular state as it attempts to offer greater inclusion for religious minorities. Here Modood opens up a new line of inquiry that integrates sociology and political science. Multicultural Politics is a must reading for those who are serious about considering the status of minorities in the new Europe and the future of Islam in the West.
Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity and Muslims in Britain download epub
Social Sciences
Author: Tariq Modood
ISBN: 0748621725
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (March 15, 2005)
Pages: 272 pages