Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism: French Modernist Legacies (Amsterdam University Press - IMISCOE Research)

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In this timely study, Yolande Jansen critiques efforts to assimilate religious minorities into a secular and supposedly neutral public sphere. Such efforts, she ably demonstrates, can create and perpetuate the very distinctions they aim to overcome.

Her sophisticated analyses draw on literature that depicts the paradoxes of assimilation as experienced by French Jews in the late nineteenth century. Paying particular attention to Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, she ultimately argues for dynamic, critical multiculturalism as an alternative to secularism, assimilation, and integration.

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Yolande Jansen is the Socrates Professor of Humanism in Relation to Religion and Secularity at the VU University Amsterdam and a senior researcher at the Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

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“Jansen has given us a brilliant and thorough philosophical reading of current writings on assimilation, multiculturalism, and secularism, weaving together a rereading of Proust on Jewish experiences of the paradoxes of assimilation with current debates about the situation of Muslims in Europe. She seeks no less than to reposition these debates in a renewed sense of multiculturalism as a critique of modernist assumptions about liberalism and assimilation.” (John R. Bowen Washington University in St. Louis)

“Jansen’s book shows how even the most sophisticated academic views defending secularism and assimilation remain rooted in unexamined ‘modernist dichotomies’ inherited from French (and to some extent, European) modernism.” (Rainer Bauboeck European University Institute)

“A must read. Not just another book on multiculturalism or laïcité: Yolande Jansen’s work is a hard-hitting and back to basics reminder of multiculturalism fundamentals. It also offers a brilliant, pragmatic and insightful analysis of what secularism makes invisible about the position of Muslims in France today. The subtle and delicate reference to Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du Temps Perdu makes Jansen’s work unique, brave and  powerful.” (Rim-Sarah Alouane Université Toulouse I-Capitole)

"For anyone who seeks to understand the roots of the ‘deepening crisis of multiculturalism’ in Europe, Yolande Jansen's book is required reading. Jansen's brilliant and insightful analysis draws on a variety of fields and lucidly shows how the crisis is a crisis in modernity.  Subtly weaving Proust into the argument, she brings a dry subject to life." (Brian Klug University of Oxford)

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