While the anthropological field initially shied away from the debate on multiculturalism, it has been widely discussed within the fields of political theory, social policy, cultural studies and law. Beyond Multiculturalism is the first volume of its kind to offer a comparative, worldwide view of multiculturalism, considering both traditional multicultural/multiethnic societies and those where cultural pluralism is relatively new. Its varied case studies focus on the intersections and relationships between cultural groups in everyday life using employment, identity, consumption, language, legislation and policy making to show the unique contribution anthropologists can bring to multiculturalism studies. Their work will be of great interest to scholars of race, ethnicity, migration, urban studies and social and cultural geography.
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Giuliana Prato is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent, UK. She has taught at the Universities of Naples, Florence and London and is she is Chair of the Commisison on Urban Anthropology (IUAES). She has published widely in English and Italian.Review:
'There are many ways of considering what it might mean to think "beyond" multiculturalism, and the value of this volume is that it offers a diverse range of perspectives from within anthropology, sociology and other disciplines that take this challenge seriously. The focus on "really existing" multiculturalism, not only in North America and Europe but also in South America and Asia, is particularly welcome' Duncan Ivison, University of Sydney, Australia 'The edited volume on multiculturalism substantially contributes to recent debates in social sciences and tries to make a step further. Importantly, this book stands a great chance of reaching people in other academic fields as well as to the wider public.' Anthropological Notebooks '...a valid contribution to our understanding of culture and diversity in an age of globalisation...the discussions of puri-culturalism and tolerance vs. toleration focus on neglected aspects of cultural diversity and therefore provide a helpful contribution to current scholarly discussion of multiculturalism.' Journal of Intercultural Studies
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