Accommodating Diversity: Ideas and Institutional Practices

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

EditorGurpreet Mahajan

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How does the presence of diversity impact our understanding of society and formulation of adequate policies? This collection examines the Indian experience of diversity by delineating the policies and institutional arrangements that have been designed to accommodate different kinds ofdiversities, and highlighting the problems that the chosen path has yielded. The issues being examined include the Uniform Civil Code, the State's patronage of languages, affirmative action in educational institutions, and minority participation in electoral politics. So far, the notion ofmulticulturalism has been addressed by theories that have emerged from Western societies. This volume marks a step in the direction of rethinking such questions in the Indian context.

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How does the presence of diversity impact our understanding of society and formulation of adequate policies? This collection examines the Indian experience of diversity by delineating the policies and institutional arrangements that have been designed to accommodate different kinds ofdiversities, and highlighting the problems that the ...

Gurpreet Mahajan is a Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.11 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Gurpreet Mahajan: Introduction2. Peter Emberley: Preserving by Reforming: Diversity at Work in Civilizational Adaptation3. Anne Phillips: Cultural Skepticism and 'Group Representation'4. Anil Bhatti: Heterogeneities and Homogeneities: On Similarities and Differences5. Sarah Joseph: Multiculturalism and Diversity: Values to be Promoted or Problems to be Managed?6. V. SriRanjani: Constitution of Religious Identity-Constituent (Assembly) Debates and Beyond7. Asha Sarangi: Linguistic Diversity in a Federal Polity: An Indian experience8. Bijen Meetei: Politics of Recognition: Rethinking Existing Institutional Measures in India9. K.K. Kailash: Accommodating Diversity: Political Outsourcing as a Coalition Strategy in Kerala10. Rohit Wanchoo: Group Rights, Diversity and Social Justice11. Rinku Lamba: Political Institutions for Caste and Sex-Based Hierarchies: A View from Colonial India12. Vasanthi Srinivasan: Prudence and Statesmanship in Managing Diversity13. Vinay Lal: A Bloated Hinduism: North American Hindus and the Imagination of a Vanguard14. Vidhu Verma: Representing Diversity: The Malaysian Experience15. Shefali Jha: When Citizens are a Minority: Managing Cultural Diversities in the Arabian GulfNotes on Contributors