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Module

SOC2087 : Identity and Difference in Multicultural Britain (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jan Dobbernack
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to explore the re-making of majority and minority identities that accompanies Britain’s multicultural drift. It investigates the sociological and political circumstances of ethno-religious and “racial” diversity in the United Kingdom. It familiarizes students with empirical and theoretical models that account for the British experience of pluralism. A particular focus is on the contestations, mobilizations and counter-movements that constitute the politics of identity and difference in contemporary Britain.

Specific module aims:
-       to consider increasing levels of diversity in British society and to trace its “multicultural drift”;
-       to investigate descriptive and normative models that account for the British experience;
-       to examine the success and failure of political models for the governance and regulation of diversity;
-       to explore political movements for equality and the recognition of “difference”, both historically and with an interest in current mobilizations;
-       to analyse counter-movements and various forms of anti-pluralist “backlash politics”.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module begins with an overview of pluralism in British society, exploring its historical development and contemporary social dynamics. It then examines analytical and normative models that bring different dimensions of diversity into view and investigates their potentials and blind spots. In a third part, the module considers a number of key concepts, such as “citizenship”, “secularism” and “integration”, that play a role in the governance of diversity and that present themselves as a focus of political claims-making and social movement activity. Finally, it examines mobilizations for equality and respect with an interest in historical and contemporary forms and the dynamics that underpin today’s anti-pluralist backlash.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable