Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity

National Narratives, Multiple Identities and Minorities

Katayoun Alidadi (Redaktør) ; Marie-Claire Foblets (Redaktør)

In several Western countries, expert commissions composed of academics, public figures, politicians and community organisers have been established by governments or civil society to reflect on the changes and challenges of an increasingly plural society. Les mer
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In several Western countries, expert commissions composed of academics, public figures, politicians and community organisers have been established by governments or civil society to reflect on the changes and challenges of an increasingly plural society. Commission recommendations on how to 'manage' diversities successfully have shaped national narratives and affected law and public policies, yet research on the workings of such commissions remains rare.


This book focuses on the experiences of expert commissions in the UK, France, Quebec and Belgium. Furthering the debate on commissions' potential and limitations it draws on the first-hand experiences and introspection of former commission members and close observers, along with outside perspectives and critique from independent scholars.


Building on its companion volume (Public Commissions on Cultural and Religious Diversity: Analysis, Reception and Challenges), this book engages with core concepts of identity, nationality, citizenship, freedom, equality and accommodation. It will appeal to researchers and students of public policy, sociology, anthropology, law, religion, politics, history and migration studies, as well as policymakers and anyone with a general interest in current debates on ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

Foreword


Bhikhu Parekh








Introduction. A Retrospective on Diversity Commissions: From Set-Up and Working Methods to Impacting Policy



Katayoun Alidadi and Marie-Claire Foblets


Part I


The Importance of Britishness: The Parekh Commission Report and beyond






Pointing to a Multicultural Future: Rethinking Race, Ethnicity, Religion and Britishness



Tariq Modood









National Identities and the 'Parekh Report'



Varun Uberoi









British Multiculturalism: From 'Parekh' to 'PREVENT', and Beyond



Ralph Grillo









'Religion, Belief and Diversity in Transition: The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life'



Maleiha Malik





Part II


Laicite Facing Religious Diversity: France's Stasi Commission and its Legacy






Laicite is a most liberal legal frame: reflections on the work on of the Stasi Commission



Patrick Weil









Retrospective on the French Stasi Commission



Jean Bauberot and John R. Bowen






Theoretical Perspectives of Cultural and Religious Diversity in Two National Reports



Karel J. Leyva





Part III


Reasonable Accommodations Revisited: Quebec's Bouchard-Taylor Commission






The Bouchard-Taylor Commission and Beyond. Cultural and Religious Diversity in Quebec



Jocelyn Maclure and Sebastien Lacroix









Cohesive Fear: A Comment on Maclure and Lacroix



Jean-Francois Gaudreault-DesBiens





Part IV


Belgium's Experiment with Interculturalism: The Round Tables Experience






The Round Tables on Interculturalism: A Successful or Unsuccessful Experiment in



Deliberative Democracy?


Marie-Claire Foblets









Religious and Cultural Diversity in Belgium: Finding the Common Denominator



Patrick Charlier and Nathalie Denies









'Making a difference': Dialogue and compromise in the Belgian Federal Round Tables of Interculturalism



Nadia Fadil





Part V


Engaging Retrospective Insights, Forging Ways Forward






Religion in the Retreat of Multiculturalism



Christian Joppke






Religion, Culture and Liberal Democracy: The Issue of Majority Cultural Precedence



Geoffrey Brahm Levey









The European Court of Human Rights: Fundamental Assumptions that have a Chilling



Effect on the Protection of Religious Diversity


Eugenia Relano Pastor






Charting Perspectives, Positions and Recommendations in Four Commission Reports: Reasonable Accommodation for Religion or Belief as Barometer





Katayoun Alidadi

Om forfatteren

Katayoun Alidadi is Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany.


Marie-Claire Foblets is Director of the Department of Law and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany and Professor of Law at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.