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The multicultural riddle : rethinking national, ethnic, and religious identities
Baumann, Gerd.
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Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 177 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1320 Lexile.

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GN495.6 .B38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Multicultural Riddle is a comprehensive exploration of all the issues that shape our search for a multicultural society. The book examines how we can establish a state of justice and equality between and among three groups: those who believe in a unified national culture, those who trace their culture to their ethnic identity, and those who view their religion as their culture. To solve the multicultural riddle, one must rethink national identity, ethnicity and the role of religion in the modern world.

Table of Contents

About This Book
1 "I Have a Dream"--but Who Is It For?Civil Rights, Human Rights, or Community Rights?
2 From Dreaming to Meaning: The Multicultural TriangleNational Culture, Ethnic Culture, Religion as Culture
3 The Nation-State
I Postethnic or Pseudotribe?Why Nation-States Are Not Ethnically Neutral
4 The Nation-States
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
8 Multicultural Theory
I The Sales Talk and the Small PrintAre You Same Enough to Be Equal?
9 Multicultural Theory
II The Values and the ValidWhat Is It Prof. Taylor Should "Recognize"?
10 Multicultural Praxis: The Banal and the BestFrom Culti-Parading to Multi-Relating
11 From Dreaming to Meaning: A SummaryMulticulturalism Is a New Understanding of Culture
12 From Meaning to Practice: What Students Can Donew Understandings Require New ProjectsReferencesIndex