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The multicultural riddle : rethinking national, ethnic, and religious identities

Author: Gerd Baumann
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1999.
Series: Zones of religion.
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"A Riddle is a paradox that can be solved by rethinking the terms in which it is posed. Multiculturalism, too, is a riddle. It asks how we can establish a state of justice and equality between and among three parties: those who believe in a unified national culture, those who trace their culture to their ethnic identity, and those who view their religion as culture. To solve the riddle, one needs to rethink what is  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gerd Baumann
ISBN: 0415922127 9780415922128 0415922135 9780415922135
OCLC Number: 40408703
Description: ix, 177 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. "I Have a Dream" --
but Who Is It For? Civil Rights, Human Rights, or Community Rights? --
2. From Dreaming to Meaning: The Multicultural Triangle. National Culture, Ethnic Culture, Religion as Culture --
3. The Nation-State, I: Postethnic or Pseudotribe? Why Nation-States Are Not Ethnically Neutral --
4. The Nation-State, II: Business or Temple? Why Nation-States Are Not Religiously Neutral --
5. Ethnicity: Blood or Wine? Not Biological Essence, but Cultivated Ferment --
6. Religion: Baggage or Sextant? Not Immutable Heritage, but Positioning in Context --
7. Culture: Having, Making, or Both? From an Essentialist through a Processual to a Discursive Understanding
Series Title: Zones of religion.
Responsibility: Gerd Baumann.
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A comprehensive exploration of all the issues that shape our search for a multicultural society.  Read more...

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