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Ethnicity, Identity and Public Policy: Critical Perspectives on Multiculturalism
Ethnicity, Identity and Public Policy provides a critical introduction to seven theorists who have made significant contributions to the debate about multiculturalism in Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States: Michael Sandel, Charles Taylor, Will Kymlicka, Bhikhu Parekh, Iris Marion Young, Ghassan Hage and Brian Barry.
The author, David Bromell, evaluates theory developed in other national contexts in relation to challenges for public policy arising from ethno-cultural diversity in New Zealand. He concludes that this is a time to refine – and complicate – our thinking, and that the task of developing normative theory in relation to diversity and public life is still a work in progress. In Bromell’s view, New Zealand should endorse neither multiculturalism nor biculturalism as official public policy. Instead, he advocates safeguarding individual rights, which all share equally, and a restrained role for the state in ‘managing’ diversity. He argues that reducing inequalities ought to be a higher priority than recognising identities.
Overall, Bromell urges the cultivation of citizen participation in deliberative democracy, and seeks to inform and stimulate debate about big ideas and difficult questions for public policy. This is a challenge for hearts as well as minds. Living comfortably with otherness and difference requires open-mindedness, patience and generosity of spirit from all who rub shoulders (and noses) in this land.
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