Pluralism and Multiculturalism in Colonial and Post-Colonial Society - Thematic Introduction

John Rex & Gurharpal Singh

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Abstract

The notion of “governance of multicultural societies” covers a wide range of geographical and historical situations. Moreover, it is often used interchangeably with the term “pluralism”. The object of this paper is to show that the notion of “pluralism” or the “plural society” has a quite specific usage in the study of colonial and post-colonial societies, and that, when attempting to develop an all-inclusive theory of governance in what are loosely called multicultural societies, this all-inclusive theory must take these societies into account. Equally it has to be recognised that migration from the colonial and other peripheries to the metropolitan centre creates new structural problems at that centre.

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Rex, John & Singh, Gurharpal. Pluralism and Multiculturalism in Colonial and Post-Colonial Society - Thematic Introduction. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2003, vol. 5, no.2, pp. 106-118. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574 . www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol5/issue2/art1

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