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The emergence of discourse on multiculturalism in Spain: the veil debate in the press
Abella Vázquez, Carlos Manuel
Athenea Digital , 2007,
Abstract: he veil debate is a paradigmatic example of the complicated political, social and media issue raised by multiculturalism. In this article I analyze the main arguments in favour and against the use of hijab in general, and specifically to its use in school. At the same time, I will examine the Spanish debate on the veil, which took place in 2002, when Fatima, a Moroccan girl, tried to attend school wearing the hijab. I will centre my analysis on editorials published by the three main Spanish newspapers.
The Management of Multiculturalism: Coming to Terms with the Multiplication of Experienced Difference
Hans Siebers
International Journal of Multicultural Societies , 2004,
Abstract: Multiculturalism, understood as the multiplication of experienceddifference, is today at the forefront of social transformation. It entails opportunities and risks, but how can we deal with these, especially the latter? This paper sketches a framework for understanding these risks in terms of both extrapolated fragmentation and fundamentalist reactions. Moreover, drawing on some of the main writers involved, the main positions in the political and theoretical debate about multiculturalism are discussed to assess their contributions to developing a management principle for dealing with these risks. These positions are neoliberalism, egalitarian liberalism, communitarianism and deliberative democracy. However, it is shown that, for differentreasons, none of these positions is able to provide encompassing andconvincing answers to the challenge posed by these risks. Adifferential and contextualised approach is called for in whichelements from these positions may be applied fruitfully. Nevertheless, this paper serves to demonstrate the need for further reflection and indicates the main issues on the agenda.
FINANCING THE FIRM. SOME ISSUES OF DEBATE  [cached]
GABRIEL ?TEFURA,GABRIELA CIURARIU
Scientific Annals of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi : Economic Sciences Series , 2007,
Abstract: The aim of this paper is first to show the evolution of different theoretical issues in corporate finance and, second, to make an inventory of the current and potential contributions to the financial theory through some financial strategies and decision-making points of view.
Arte y Publicidad: Elementos para debate Art and Advertising: Issues for Debate  [cached]
Alejandra Walzer
Aisthesis , 2010,
Abstract: En este artículo se presentan algunos elementos para el debate en torno a la relación entre publicidad y arte. Algunos autores han se alado que la publicidad es el arte en la era de la muerte del arte, sin embargo, discutiremos esta afirmación tomando como punto de anclaje la diferente lógica de estos dos campos de la producción imaginística y estética. Para ello nos centraremos en los fines, en los destinatarios y en la autoría, tanto en lo referido a las artes como a la publicidad. This article presents an advance for discussion about the relationship between advertising and art. Some authors have argued that advertising is an art in times when art has died. However, we will discuss this statement considering the logic of these two different fields, both image and aesthetic production. To that effect, we will focus on the purposes, addressees and authorship, all of them in regard to the arts and advertising.
Malaysia’s New Economic Policy: Issues and Debate
American Journal of Economics , 2013, DOI: 10.5923/j.economics.20130302.08
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to discuss the issues concerning the New Economic Policy (NEP) of Malaysia. Even though the policy has ended nearly 20 years to-date, the issues of unequal treatments felt by the non-Bumiputeras and power struggle are still debatable. Regardless the outcry, it is undeniable that the NEP has great significant on putting the economic and social balance between ethnics in the country. The basic idea of NEP is as a plan to upscale the economic and to have an equal distribution of the national wealth without neglecting any parties as well as maintaining our country well-being.
Backreaction Issues in Relativistic Cosmology and the Dark Energy Debate  [PDF]
Thomas Buchert
Physics , 2006, DOI: 10.1063/1.2752486
Abstract: The effective evolution of an inhomogeneous universe model in Einstein's theory of gravitation may be described in terms of spatially averaged scalar variables. This evolution can be modeled by solutions of a set of Friedmann equations for an effective scale factor, with matter and backreaction source terms, where the latter can be represented by a minimally coupled scalar field (`morphon field'). We review the basic steps of a description of backreaction effects in relativistic cosmology that lead to refurnishing the standard cosmological equations, but also lay down a number of unresolved issues in connection with their interpretation within observational cosmology.
Liberal multiculturalism  [cached]
Alexandru Gabor
Sfera Politicii , 2011,
Abstract: Multiculturalism is the most recent member of political theory family and also the most contested across Western Europe. Four prime ministers publicly acknowledged the failure of multikulti” and this contrast with the initially broad consensus in political theory on multicultural policies. Usually multiculturalism is associated with the communitarianism but there are three distinct types of justification for multiculturalism, namely the postcolonial, the communitarian and the liberal one. The article deals only with the evolution of liberal defense of multiculturalism in the political theory of William Kymlicka. Although his liberal culturalism” became gradually more sophisticated, historic and specific circumstances of Eastern and Central Europe limit the scope of multicultural policies in this area.
Multiculturalism – A Confusing European Approach  [cached]
Cristian JURA
Journal of Politics and Law , 2012, DOI: 10.5539/jpl.v5n2p107
Abstract: In this research I will introduce the issues of multiculturalism from a European perspective, more precisely from the view of the leaders of European Union and from the legal provisions related to this topic. What started once whit a lot of enthusiasm, ended with extremely disappointing declarations of top European leaders about multiculturalism. It seems that European leaders do not understand the importance of sustainable policies in this sensitive field of multiculturalism. At the end, what is European Union? A sum of cultures, living together for hundreds of years. But, after last waves of expansion of European Union the citizens had to live together with other cultures. And maybe they are not used to live in the proximity of a different culture. So, the issue of multiculturalism is vital for the existence of the whole European Union. There are countries in which several cultures co-exist, being more or less accepted or tolerated by the whole community. The minority cultures are in different stages of acceptance or tolerances with each other or with the dominant culture.
Nation Building in Zimbabwe and the Challenges of Ndebele Particularism
SJ Ndlovu-Gatsheni
African Journal on Conflict Resolution , 2008,
Abstract: This article deploys a politico-sociological historical analysis in the interrogation of the origins, tenacity and resilience of Ndebele particularism across pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial epochs in Zimbabwe. While the issue of Ndebele particularism is currently overshadowed by the recent political and economic crisis that has seen Zimbabwe becoming a pariah state, it has continued to haunt both the project of nationalism that ended up unravelling along the fault-lines of Ndebele-Shona ethnicities and the post-colonial nation-building process that became marred by ethnic tensions and violence of the 1980s. In this article, Ndebele particularism is described at two main levels. Firstly, successive pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial historical processes contributed to the construction and consolidation of Ndebele particularism. Secondly, this particularism is a product of coalescence of grievance and resentment to Shona triumphalism. The politico-sociological historical analysis is intertwined with a social constructivist perspective of understanding complex politics of identities in general. The discussion is taken up to the current reverberation of Ndebele particularistic politics on the internet including the creation of a virtual community known as United Mthwakazi Republic (UMR) that symbolises the desire for a restored pre-colonial Ndebele nation in the mould of Swaziland and Lesotho. African Journal on Conflict Resolution Vol. 8 (3) 2008: pp. 27-56
What was Multiculturalism?  [cached]
Vijay Mishra
PORTAL : Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies , 2005,
Abstract: This paper re-thinks the current imperative to theorize the (white) nation-state as a ‘multination,’ one in which the grand narrative of a nation’s founding communities (and the presumption of assimilation upon which the grand narrative was always based) gives way to a multiply centred narrative attuned to questions of unequal power relations, racism, exploitation and so on. Multiculturalism as a theory has arisen out of this shift and presents itself not as an explanatory model of a given situation but as a problematic in need of continuous theorization. The paper argues that multiculturalism remains a thing of the past, a way in which the project of the Enlightenment and matters of justice may be rethought (but not radically altered) so as to accommodate the ‘alien’ within. And it is for this reason – because of its pastness – that it requires constant critique and re-evaluation, the need to specify the real, material conditions of racism and their relation to capital at every point.
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