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    Circuits of aversion: the transnational mediation of multicultural crisis

    Titley, Gavan (2011) Circuits of aversion: the transnational mediation of multicultural crisis. Irish Journal of Sociology, 19 (2). pp. 43-59. ISSN 0791 6035

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    Since '9/ 11 ', commentators, politicians and media discourse in a range of European contexts have increasingly drawn on narratives of the ' crisis of multiculturalism' to make sense of a broad range of events and political developments. For all this focus, multiculturalism has rarely amounted to more than a patchwork of initiatives, rhetoric and aspirations in any context, and has been subject to a long and well-documented history of 'backlash'. Multiculturalism, therefore, can be approached analytically as a mobilising metaphor and discursive assemblage that facilitates and orders debate on questions of race, legitimacy and belonging. This article examines the transnational mediation of ' multicultural crisis', and explores the cultural dynamics through which a congruent narrative of a ' failed experiment' has. been shaped and circulated. It argues that these transnational dynamics have become politically significant in positioning and justifying a politics of integration predicated on visions of core values and 'ways oflife', and invested in by a complex spectrum of political positions.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: multiculturalism; transnationalism; Europe; culture; mediation; integration; liberalism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 4629
    Depositing User: Gavan Titley
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 12:21
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of Sociology
    Publisher: Manchester University Press
    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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