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    The crisis of ‘multiculturalism’ in Europe: Mediated minarets, intolerable subjects

    Lentin, Alana and Titley, Gavan (2012) The crisis of ‘multiculturalism’ in Europe: Mediated minarets, intolerable subjects. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 15 (2). pp. 261-267. ISSN 1367-5494

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    During the last decade, European countries have declared a ‘crisis’ of multiculturalism. This crisis has gained significant political traction, despite the empirical absence of a failed experiment with multiculturalism. This introduction focuses on the narrative of multicultural backlash, which purports that ‘parallel societies’ and ‘intolerable subjects’ and practices have been allowed to flourish within European societies. Beyond particular contexts, the problem of intolerable subjects is seen as a shared European challenge, requiring disintegrated migrants and Muslim populations to display loyalty, adopt ‘our’ values, and prove the legitimacy of their belonging. This introduction critiques multicultural backlash, less as a rejection of piecemeal multicultural policies than as a denial of lived multiculture. This is developed through an examination of racism in a post-racial era, and by analysing the ways in which integrationist projects further embed culturalist ontology

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: anti-racism; culturalism; culture; Europe; integration; mediation; multiculturalism; post-race; racism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 4618
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    Depositing User: Gavan Titley
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2013 16:07
    Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Cultural Studies
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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