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Review debate: we need human rights not nationalism 'lite': globalization and British solidarity

O'Donnell, Mike H. (2007) Review debate: we need human rights not nationalism 'lite': globalization and British solidarity. Ethnicities, 7 (2). pp. 248-269. ISSN 1468-7968


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468796807076849


The article explores the relationship of multiculturalism to social solidarity. The multicultural nature of Britain is accepted as a welcome reality but certain problems in relation to the development of multiculturalism in Britain are acknowledged. Various approaches to buttress or replace multiculturalism are reviewed. These are: a strengthened and/or reconstituted nationalism (`Britishness'); human rights; and social equality. The issue of citizenship recurs throughout. It is argued that a combined emphasis on human rights and greater social equality offer a better basis than nationalism for strengthening solidarity in Britain, especially in the longer term. Sociological theory offers a fruitful if strangely neglected starting point for understanding social solidarity. I draw critically on Durkheim and Marx to obtain some objective perspective on this controversial matter. Copyright 2007 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1741-2706
Uncontrolled Keywords:Britain, citizenship, equality, integration, multiculturalism, social solidarity
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:4099
Deposited On:31 May 2007
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:32

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