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WEBINAR - Rebranding Multiculturalism – A New Progressive Framework

  • Oct 17, 2012 · 7:30 PM
  • Online Meeting

Today the concept of multiculturalism that grew up in the second half of the twentieth century is being questioned and political support for it is changing. Some argue we need a debate to develop new paradigms for the 21st century when the rich diversity of our societies and the impact of globalisation are everyday realities. This webinar is the beginning of this discussion and one that we will develop in the next 12 months.

Ted Cantle who founded the Institute For Community Cohesion will present this webinar based on his new book "Interculturalism: the New Era of Cohesion and Diversity."In it he suggests that a progressive re-branding is required but more importantly, multicultural policies need to change to accommodate more globalised populations and the new fluid and dynamic forms of identity.

The book argues that the strength of multiculturalism has been its emphasis on rights and structural conditions but that, conceptually it is still stuck in the 1960s. It has failed to overcome five conceptual problems and interculturalism is therefore more able to adapt to the future challenges faced by local and national communities.

It further suggests that policy and practice needs to be urgently reviewed and that the schism between the academic disciplines which has given rise to some of the conceptual problems has to be closed.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Because this How was the Meetup question is required, I'll answer. I was disappointed that it wasn't as multi-cultural as I'd hoped; there was no mention of Christians, Hindus, Jews or Sikhs. Perhaps Ted Cantle can write more pluralistc sequel. Who knows?

    October 18, 2012

  • Joe T.

    one of the better ones I've attended. A good presenter who knew his subject well

    October 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Much needed airing to bring developments and issues to attention and proper consideration.

    October 18, 2012

  • DIVYA G.

    It was an effective WEBINAR with Ted Cantle providing thought provoking ideas and insights on multiculturalism, social cohesion and ideas connected. A vibrant discussion!

    October 18, 2012

  • geraint

    Iv'e just registered for this talk tonight and was wondering how the process will work for the webinar?

    October 17, 2012

  • Neil M.

    Questions that need to be asked are-What kind of an understanding of society can reflect Modern Britain today? Does the United Kingdom wish to Preserve its Christian heritage or progress towards being a multi-faith country and if so how can either be effectively achieved amidst a globalised country with people and citizens living as a multi-faith, multicultural and multinational society. Following the success of the Olympic Games are we seeing the beginning of a new national spirit emerging that unifies citizens and residents in the UK as a Diverse Britain that welcomes diversity and encourages a movement towards a common sharing of our modern history with a broader understanding of citizenship and responsibilities for all? These answers can only be decided by our diverse communities achieving consensus towards the direction we will want to take as a country. In this process we will need to hear the voices of hopes, aspirations, needs & any concerns from the people of Britain today.

    October 5, 2012

    • Neil M.

      I respect that and I will not deny atheism's view of the void! Atheists can either accept a person the right to practise their spiritual beliefs for themselves or they will deny them that right. The choice is for them to take!

      October 12, 2012

    • Anne B.

      Neil, I speak as a non-theist, one who delights in science, humanity and diverse faith traditions as part of the whole - I find your descriptions full of care and respect, very helpful approach

      October 17, 2012

  • Francis S.

    As some of you have recently registered this is to remind you about our WEBINAR tonight – Rebranding Multiculturalism – A New Progressive Framework at 7.30pm Please try to join us about 5 minutes early.

    You can log onto the webinar by clicking the link below. You must log in as a guest and then no password is required. Add your name (but don’t use the name guest as the system disallows that) and click to log on. This should then take you to the webinar platform

    The Link is -

    October 17, 2012

  • Mohammed A.

    I have been following this conversation with quite interest. Whether someone believes in a faith or not, that is their choice. We are all human beings and made from the same carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules. No one is above another, regardless of their belief. Why is this so difficult to accept for a person of no faith?

    October 12, 2012

  • Robin C.

    Following the "multicultural wars"(read: class/race) in the US (1980's), the conversation/debates on difference became associated w. related law/policy struggles (affirmative action, curriculum revisionism, civil rights, federal compliance, et al). These political projects remain in the form of entitlements, privileges etc., now manifested in immigration reform, anti-ethnic studies movements/laws (Arizona), and current voting practices in which the Dept. of Justice as been called to act(to name a few). The reasons we need to revisit("rebrand") these questions is b/c new generations of citizens seem to be hitting a brick wall to access their social/civil/rights, b/c our societies sustain increasingly complex layers of concentric loyalties to class/religion, race, nationality etc., and b/c newly democratizing societies and individuals, esp. transnationals are experiencing the down/upside of globalization and difference.

    October 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why does multi-culturalism need a word from advertising - rebranding - to jazz it up?

    October 12, 2012

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