Multicultural Nationalism: Islamophobia, Anglophobia, and Devolution

Hardcover | July 26, 2006

byAsifa M. Hussain, William L. Miller

not yet rated|write a review
When the focus is on black or Asian minorities, Britain is frequently described as a multi-cultural state. But when the focus is on Scotland, England and Wales, Britain is also described as a multi-national state. Yet debates about multiculturalism and nationalism have been held in parallelwithout sharing even a common vocabulary. This book is a pioneering study of how multiculturalism interacts with multinationalism, especially within post-devolution Scotland. It gives equal attention to Scotland's largest 'visible' and 'invisible' minorities: ethnic Pakistanis (almost all of them Muslim) and English immigrants. Rising Scottish self-consciousness could have posed a challenge both these minorities. But in practice, potential problems have provedthemselves to be solutions, integrating rather than alienating. In the eyes of the minorities, devolution has made Scots at once more proud and less xenophobic. Even English immigrants feel devolution has defused tensions, calmed frustrations, and forced Scots to blame themselves rather than others for their problems. Pakistanis have suffered increasingharassment - but they attribute that to 9/11 not to devolution. And Muslims adopt Scottish identities, Scottish attitudes, even Scottish nationalism - consciously or unconsciously using these as tools of integration. The book is based in part on large-scale surveys: of Pakistani and English minorities within Scotland, and of the majority populations in Scotland and England. But it is also based on systematic analysis of transcripts of focus-group discussions with minorities revealing the variety of opinionwithin minorities as well as the contrasts between them. In particular, it presents a unique account of how Scottish Muslims express their feelings in a time of crisis.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$200.96 online
$203.95 list price
Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

When the focus is on black or Asian minorities, Britain is frequently described as a multi-cultural state. But when the focus is on Scotland, England and Wales, Britain is also described as a multi-national state. Yet debates about multiculturalism and nationalism have been held in parallelwithout sharing even a common vocabulary. This...

Asifa M. Hussain is at Lecturer in Management, University of Glasgow. William L. Miller is at Edward Caird Professor of Politics, University of Glasgow.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.76 inPublished:July 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199280711

ISBN - 13:9780199280711

Customer Reviews of Multicultural Nationalism: Islamophobia, Anglophobia, and Devolution

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

1. Multicultural Nationalism2. What's Best and Worst about Scotland3. Islamophobia - In England and Scotland4. The Auld Enemy5. Eyes Wide Open6. Harassment, Discrimination, Abuse7. History, Culture, Symbols8. Identity and Identifying9. After Devolution: Parliament and People