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    Conservative pluralism and the politics of multiculturalism

    Feldman, David (2012) Conservative pluralism and the politics of multiculturalism. In: Yuval-Davis, N. and Marfleet, P. (eds.) Secularism, Racism and the Politics of Belonging. Runnymede Perspectives. London, UK: Runnymede, pp. 10-12. ISBN 9781906732790.

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    ‘Secularism’ and ‘the politics of belonging’ often appear to stand in opposition to one another. Currently - and not least in the United Kingdom - the politics of belonging often articulates religious identities among immigrant and ethnic minority populations. This is disorientating for many radicals and liberals. We can see some of the reasons for this in retrospect. In the 1960s and 1970s, the people who campaigned against racially inspired immigration controls, and those who supported the race relations acts that tried to outlaw some forms of discrimination, were also found to be supporters of a broad roster of libertarian reforms. These causes endorsed the relaxation of censorship (the Penguin publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 1960 provided a landmark judgment under the Obscene Publications Act), and the legalization (under certain conditions) of both male homosexuality and abortion. In all these cases, the rising tide of reform weakened the authority of religious doctrine and undermined the capacity of religious leaders to legislate for the country’s morals. Moreover, the feminism and anti- racism causes were also aligned when, in 1975 and 1976, Parliament legislated against sex discrimination and racial discrimination (Joppke, 1989).


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 17:40
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:08


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