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Title: The 'Parekh Report' - national identities with nations and nationalism
Authors: Uberoi, V
Keywords: National identities;Multiculturalism;Bhikhu Parekh;Parekh Report;Nations;Liberal nationalism
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Ethnicities, 2015, 15 (4), pp. 509 - 526
Abstract: ‘Multiculturalists’ often advocate national identities. Yet few study the ways in which ‘multiculturalists’ do so and in this article I will help to fill this gap. I will show that the Commission for Multi-Ethnic Britain’s report reflects a previously unnoticed way of thinking about the nature and worth of national identities that the Commission’s chair, and prominent political theorist, Bhikhu Parekh, had been developing since the 1970s. This way of thinking will be shown to avoid the questionable ways in which conservative and liberal nationalists discuss the nature and worth of national identities while offering an alternative way to do so. I will thus show that a report that was once criticised for the way it discussed national identities reflects how ‘multiculturalists’ think about national identities in a distinct and valuable way that has gone unrecognised.
ISSN: 1741-2706
Appears in Collections:Brunel OA Publishing Fund
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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