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Multiculturalism Without Culture

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Public opinion in recent years has soured on multiculturalism, due in large part to fears of radical Islam. In "Multiculturalism without Culture," Anne Phillips contends that critics misrepresent culture as the explanation of everything individuals from minority and non-Western groups do. She puts forward a defense of multiculturalism that dispenses with notions of culture ...more
ebook, 216 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Princeton University Press (first published June 1st 2007)
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Ben Babcock
We used this book in the second half of my Philosophy and Gender course (the first book we discussed was Feminism: Issues and Arguments , by Jennifer Saul). It's probably one of the best discussions of multiculturalism I will ever read. Anne Phillips provides a marvellous survey of contemporary political and philosophical attitudes toward multiculturalism while simultaneously advocating her approach.

Phillips' thesis is clear: she wants to keep multiculturalism but change how we understand the e
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Jasreet Badyal
Feb 24, 2011 Jasreet Badyal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well-written voice of reason in the context of the current attack on multiculturalism. Phillips presents the case for what she calls "a defensible multiculturalism" which eliminates reified, totalistic conceptions of culture that paint individuals, particular non-Western minorities, as being completely determined by their culture. Definitely recommended for anyone who wants a critical & thoughtful read regarding multiculturalism.
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