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Culture and Equality : An Egalitarian Critique of Multiculturalism

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All major western countries today contain groups that differ in their religious beliefs and customary practices. How should public policy respond to this diversity? In this important new work, Brian Barry challenges the currently orthodox answer and develops a powerful restatement of an egalitarian liberalism for the twenty-first century.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 34mm | 621.43g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745622283
  • 9780745622286
  • 440,725

Table of contents

Preface. PART I: MULTICULTURALISM AND EQUAL TREATMENT. Chapter One: Introduction. Losing Our Way. The Flight from Enlightenment. A Brief Overview. Chapter Two: The Strategy Of Privatization. Cultural Diversity. Privatization and Pluralism. Equal Treatment. The Rule--and--Exemption Approach. A Pragmatic Case For Exemptions. Culture And Job Descrimination. Chapter Three: The Dynamics of Identity: Assimilation, Acculturation and Difference. Vive la DiffUrence?. Liberalism and the a Ideal Of Assimilationa . Assimilation: Good, Bad or Indifferent?. Varieties of National Identity. National Identity in Practice. The Dodoa s Dictum. The a Myth of Merita . Language and Opportunity. PART II: MULTICULTURALISM AND GROUPS. Chapter Four: Theories Of Group Rights. The Concept Of A Group Right. Liberalism And Autonomy. Liberalism And Diversity. Cultural Relativism And Toleration. Outline Of A Theory Of Group Rights. Chapter Five: Liberalism And Illiberal Religions. The Claims Of Free Association. An Alternative Approach. The Limits of Toleration. In Defence Of a Asymmetrya . The Amish And The State. Are Amish Communities Voluntary Associations?. Chapter Six: The Public Stake in the Arts and Education. The Limits of Laissez--Faire. Can Liberalism Cope With Children?. The Locus Of Decision--Making. Functional Education. Education For Living. Societal Interests In Education. Multicultural Education. Parental Rights In Education. PART III: MULTICULTURALISM AND EGALITARIANISM. Chapter Seven: The Abuse Of a Culturea . a Ita s Part Of My Culturea . Up The Creek In The Black Canoe. The Equal Value Of Vultures. Does Equal Treatment Require Equal Value?. The Limits Of Conventionalism. The Limits Of Universalism. Chapter Eight: The Politics Of Multiculturalism. The Curious Political Success Of Multiculturalism. Multiculturalism Versus Democracy. If Multiculturalism Is The Answer, What Was The Question?. Multiculturalism Versus Equality. Notes. Indexshow more

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a Defenders of multiculturalism are called to task by the esteemed political philosopher Brian Barry in this critique of the "politics of difference". Barry argues that multiculturalist policies do not advance the values of liberty and equality but foster strident nationalism by focusing on what divides people at the expense of what unites them...a Audrey Stratham, Scotland on Sunday a Brian Barry, in [his] recent and controversial work on multiculturalism ... argues that contemporary multicultural practice, which stresses the rights and separateness of ethnic minority and other communities within nation states, harms those governments that are most committed to the provision of greater social justice -- the central plank of new Labour.a John Lloyd, New Statesman a A liberal, Robert Frost wrote, is someone who cana t take his own side in an argument. The goal of Culture and Equality is to free liberals of their disabling scruples and in particular those deriving from those currently prevalent ideas that are variously called "multiculturalism" or the politics of "difference" or "recognition" or "identity" ... a defender of liberal principles who seeks confidently to take his own side in an argument must also be on the lookout for ideas and arguments that challenge their basis. Barry meets such challenges with assertion.a Times Literary Supplement a In this robust, clear--headed and wide--ranging assault on the contemporary multiculturalist debate in political theory Barry takes few prisoners. He exposes much cant, wooly mindedness and confusion. He treads on many toes and makes few apologies, yet this is a deeply serious and important book.a European Sociological Review a This is one of the most important books that I have read on the question of multiculturalism ... a very well--balanced book and one, which I would hope, will transform the debate about multiculturalism and equality.a Innovation -- The European Journal of Social Science Research a It is a trenchant, robust, vigorously and rigorously argued counterblast in the name of liberal egalitarianism against those, especially fellow egalitarian liberals, who defend the politics of multiculturalism. ... No short review can do full justice to the richness of Barrya s book. It combines erudition, unabashed defence of liberalism, a passion for the point of liberal politics, and a finely tuned sensitivity to the idiocies of simple--minded multiculturalist apologetics. There are excellent discussions of, inter alia, education, "culture", the costs of group membership, and the free exercise of religion. David Archard, Contemporary Political Theory "This is an important and stimulating book that deserves to be pondered deeply." Andrew Wright, Studies in Philosophy and Educationshow more

About Brian Barry

Brian Barry is Arnold A. Saltzman Professor, Department of Political Science and Department of Philosophy, Columbia University and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics.show more

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