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p. 683. Has multiculturalism created ghettos and ‘parallel lives’?locked

  • Ali Rattansi


The racial riots of 2001 and after that afflicted northern areas in Britain were extremely damaging for multiculturalism in Britain and the rest of Europe. The government reports into the disturbances were crucial in setting the stage for a sustained critique of multiculturalism. These civil disturbances have been cited as evidence of the failure of multiculturalism, however a close reading of the reports that followed indicates otherwise. In fact the role of myths created by popular media and the Far Right is significant in shaping what the white population in Britain thinks about ethnic minorities. The 2001 Reports in fact argued that there had not been enough multiculturalism.

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