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Class, ethnicity and religion in the Bengali East EndA political history$
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Sarah Glynn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719095955

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719095955.001.0001

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Diverging paths

Diverging paths

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Class, ethnicity and religion in the Bengali East End

Sarah Glynn

Manchester University Press

The final chapter begins by highlighting how this has been a history of segregation, and how this segregation has been encouraged both by Bengali political mobilisation and by mainstream politics. It then looks at why this matters, and at what can be done, developing a Marxist critique of multiculturalism and identity politics. It makes use of comparisons with earlier Marxist theory and practice, stressing the importance of maintaining a socialist materialist analysis while working sensitively with people of different cultures. It shows how the rare liberal critics of multiculturalism have exposed its inherent dangers, but not provided an alternative route that could lead to a fairer less prejudiced society; and it argues that this could be achieved by a new focus on economic structures and class-based politics.

Keywords:   segregation, multiculturalism, identity politics, Brian Barry, Amartya Sen, Kenan Malik, Robert Miles, Marx, class

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