Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity: National Narratives, Multiple Identities and Minorities

Author:   Katayoun Alidadi (Bryant University) ,  Marie-Claire Foblets
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9781472471758


Pages:   318
Publication Date:   08 June 2018
Format:   Hardback
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Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity: National Narratives, Multiple Identities and Minorities


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In several Western countries, expert commissions composed of academics, public figures, politicians and community organisers have been established by governments or civil society to reflect on the changes and challenges of an increasingly plural society. Commission recommendations on how to 'manage' diversities successfully have shaped national narratives and affected law and public policies, yet research on the workings of such commissions remains rare. This book focuses on the experiences of expert commissions in the UK, France, Quebec and Belgium. Furthering the debate on commissions' potential and limitations it draws on the first-hand experiences and introspection of former commission members and close observers, along with outside perspectives and critique from independent scholars. Building on its companion volume (Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity: Analysis, Reception and Challenges), this book engages with core concepts of identity, nationality, citizenship, freedom, equality and accommodation. It will appeal to researchers and students of public policy, sociology, anthropology, law, religion, politics, history and migration studies, as well as policymakers and anyone with a general interest in current debates on ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.

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Author:   Katayoun Alidadi (Bryant University) ,  Marie-Claire Foblets
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.612kg
ISBN:  

9781472471758


ISBN 10:   147247175
Pages:   318
Publication Date:   08 June 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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The collection is distinctive in providing commentary on the role of commissions from `outsiders', who approach the topic from an academic and critical perspective, as well as unique insights from the first-hand experience of members of the commissions themselves. The contributors are leading voices in debates on religious and cultural diversity, and they provide expert commentary on the four diversity commissions, as well as offering lively and at times competing accounts of how to achieve greater social cohesion. The result is a fascinating account and critique of the role of expert commissions in developing societal responses to diversity. - Professor Lucy Vickers, School of Law, Oxford Brookes University


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Katayoun Alidadi is Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. Marie-Claire Foblets is Director of the Department of Law and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany and Professor of Law at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

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