Zombie multiculturalism meets liberative difference: Searching for a new discourse of diversity

Abstract

This paper grapples with an unresolved tension – twenty-first century Britain is indelibly multicultural and yet diversity is increasingly depicted as a threat to social cohesion. A society characterised by superdiverse cities where some suggest that ‘multiculturalism has failed’. On the basis of an analysis of three dominant theoretical and ideological discourses – community cohesion, multiculturalism and interculturalism – it will be argued that there is an urgent need to forge a new understanding of diversity that can counter the zombie discourse that characterises current debates about diversity in Britain. Difference will be framed as a potential source of mutual liberation, not a problem seeking a solution. It will be argued that a critical engagement with political theology can help us to fashion a new discourse of diversity that is characterised by a hermeneutics of liberative difference, which can help to defeat the zombies sucking the life out of diverse Britain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-430
Number of pages21
JournalCulture and Religion
Volume17
Issue number4
Early online date20 Feb 2017
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Feb 2017

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Keywords

  • Multiculturalism
  • community cohesion
  • identity
  • political theology
  • liberative difference

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Zombie multiculturalism meets liberative difference : Searching for a new discourse of diversity. / Shannahan, Christopher.

In: Culture and Religion, Vol. 17, No. 4, 20.02.2017, p. 409-430.

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Shannahan, Christopher / Zombie multiculturalism meets liberative difference : Searching for a new discourse of diversity.

In: Culture and Religion, Vol. 17, No. 4, 20.02.2017, p. 409-430.

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