The late 1980s and early 1990s saw dramatic shifts in race relations in Britain. It was the time of the fracturing of a political "black" identity; of ethnic minority assertions to be British and about remaking what it is to be British; of the manifestation of the social mobility of Indians and, above all, the emergence of Muslim identity politics in the Rushdie Affair. These issues were the subject of Tariq Modood’s Not Easy Being British. One of the first books to note these developments and analyze their implications, Not Easy became an underground classic.
In this new collection, Modood returns to some of these topics, considering especially the growth of Muslim political assertiveness and the reactions to it in the context of rethinking multiculturalism and Britishness. Modood’s reflections and bold interventions in controversies – which characterize his work and have made him a renowned intellectual commentator on Muslim politics and multiculturalism – could not be more relevant to our fraught and fearful times.
This is an invaluable book for students of culture, society and politics in higher and further education and at A-level, and for everyone whose professional work is affected by issues of pluralism and the place of religion in society. It will also interest the general reader.
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Tariq Modood is the Director of the University of Bristol Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship and a regular contributor to media and policy debates.
Robin Richardson was the drafting editor of Islamophobia - a challenge for us all, published by the Runnymede Trust in 1997. He has since authored or edited further publications on Islamophobia and is frequently invited to give lectures or workshops on the subject, particularly but not only in the field of education.
Modood's contribution to the debate, deliberation and discussions on the struggles for an inclusive, reasoned and viable multicultural citizenship in Britain has been extremely thoughtful, refreshing and pertinent. * The Muslim News * "...An invaluable reference resource for professionals interested in researching the fields of citizenship, multiculturalism, national identity and secularism. The quality of the book's insights and of the sound intelligence which the author brings to bear on these issues are outstanding." * Citizenship, Social and Economics Education *
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