Multiculturalism and the Good Life: Comments on Bhikhu Parekh

Multiculturalism and the Good Life: Comments on Bhikhu Parekh Fred Dallmayr There was a time--not too long ago--when multiculturalism involvement in the day-to-day problems of inter-ethnic and crosswas largely a matter of taste or aesthetic sensibility. Despite occacultural relations in contemporary society. Among other posisional skirmishes, the issue for many was one of personal preftions, Parekh has served as Acting Chair of the Commission for erence: a preference either for the comforts of one's familiar Racial Equality in the United Kingdom, and more recently as culture or else for the benefits of cultural variety seen as the Chair of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain. proverbial "spice of life." With his talent for felicitous turns of Such concrete experiences give added weight and substance to phrase, Stanley Fish has aptly described the latter option as "bouhis theoretical reflections, lending them a quality of seasoned tique multiculturalism," that is, delight in folkloric entertainment judgment uncommon among academics. It is principally this and exotic knick-knacks.1 In many schools and colleges throughquality of reflective judgment--the intimate correlation of theout the United States (including my own), it is customary to celory and praxis--which renders his book Rethinking ebrate each year a "week of cultural diversity," a period Multiculuralism: Cultural http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

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Fred Dallmayr There was a time--not too long ago--when multiculturalism involvement in the day-to-day problems of inter-ethnic and crosswas largely a matter of taste or aesthetic sensibility. Despite occacultural relations in contemporary society. Among other posisional skirmishes, the issue for many was one of personal preftions, Parekh has served as Acting Chair of the Commission for erence: a preference either for the comforts of one's familiar Racial Equality in the United Kingdom, and more recently as culture or else for the benefits of cultural variety seen as the Chair of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain. proverbial "spice of life." With his talent for felicitous turns of Such concrete experiences give added weight and substance to phrase, Stanley Fish has aptly described the latter option as "bouhis theoretical reflections, lending them a quality of seasoned tique multiculturalism," that is, delight in folkloric entertainment judgment uncommon among academics. It is principally this and exotic knick-knacks.1 In many schools and colleges throughquality of reflective judgment--the intimate correlation of theout the United States (including my own), it is customary to celory and praxis--which renders his book Rethinking ebrate each year a "week of cultural diversity," a period Multiculuralism: Cultural

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