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In this Very Short Introduction, Ali Rattansi provides a balanced assessment of what's true and what's false about multiculturalism. Rattansi provides a useful definition of the word "multiculturalism" and he looks at how the term is used--and misused--in political debate, public policy, and within the educational arena, presenting a balanced and comprehensive view of all the opinions surrounding this controversial subject. Dispelling many myths in the process, he warns of the dangers that lurk in an uncritical endorsement of multiculturalism, and concludes by arguing that the time has come to move on to a form of "interculturalism.
About the Author
Ali Rattansi is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at City University, London. His publications include Racism, Modernity, and Identity: On the Western Front, 'Race', Culture, and Difference, and Racism and Anti-racism: Inequalities, Opportunities, and Policies.