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2008

The politics of diversity in Europe


The politics of diversity in Europe (2008)

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Auteurs: Gavan Titley and Alana Lentin

ISBN 978-92-871-6171-0
Commander en ligne The politics of diversity in Europe

Synopsis

“Diversity” has become a key term in contemporary social politics, and is often used as both a description of complex social realities and a normative prescription for how those realities should be valued, influenced by the politics of multiculturalism and by social movements asserting "the right to be different" diversity has emerged as an open, fluid discourse that challenges reductive visions of legitimate identities and human possibilities.

It is this apparent acceptance of diversity as a fact and value that this book sets out to examine, in a range of ways, it offers a countervailing assessment of 'diversity; seeing it less as a unifying social imaginary and more as a cost-free form of politics attuned to the needs of late capitalist, consumer societies. The introduction distinguishes between 'diversity polities' — emerging from a range of critiques of social power — and the “politics of diversity”, a depoliticised celebration of difference that replicates the problems of multiculturalism without the benefits of the overt ideological engagement that multiculturalism has provoked.

The essays collected here are developed from a research seminar entitled "Diversity, Human Rights and Participation" organised by the Partnership on Youth between the Council of Europe and the European Commission. The studies gathered here are embedded in 10 different national contexts. They track dimensions of 'diversity' in education, social services, jurisprudence, parliamentary proceedings and employment initiatives, and assess their significances for the social actors who must negotiate these frameworks in their daily experience.

Contents

More Benetton than barricades? The politics of diversity in Europe

Part 1: The world made to mean
1. Diversity and equality: an ambiguous relationship
2. The discursive dimension of human rights: a discourse analysis of contemporary Polish debates
3. Cultural difference and the politics of recognition: the case of the Roma of Cyprus

Part 2: Discourse at work, working through discourse
1. Notions of participation and culture in political struggles against exclusion and their consequences: the Catalan case
2. Precarious trajectories: migrant youth regimes in Greece
3. Learning from history: young Jewish men's reactions to anti-Semitism and immigrant youth in contemporary France
4. Reconstructing the international intervention discourse as "politics of difference": achieving full participation in Kosovo refugee camps

Part 3: Implementations, ambiguities, possibilities
1. Black young people in the UK: charting the tensions of relativism and dogmatism in social service praxis
2. Learning to be aware of culture or learning to increase participation?
3. The impact of human rights education in school: the Croatian experience
4. Towards a theory of inclusive participative citizenship

List of contributors