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Who can speak to race and nation? Intellectuals, public policy formation and the future of Multi-ethnic Britain Commission

McLaughlin, Eugene and Neal, Sarah (2007) Who can speak to race and nation? Intellectuals, public policy formation and the future of Multi-ethnic Britain Commission [in special issue: Rethinking Convergence/Culture] Cultural Studies, 21, (6), pp. 910-930. (doi:10.1080/09502380701470791).

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This article examines the production and publication of the Parekh Report (2000) by drawing upon two related current debates - the decline of the public intellectual and the necessity for a public sociology. It argues that both of these debates have failed to engage with concrete examples of public intellectual labour, with the complexities of public communication and have been reticent as to which particular intellectual voices are able to enter the public sphere. The article argues that the intellectually orientated, multiculturally constituted Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain Commission which authored the report and the report’s moment of publication both offer sites in which these critiques can be developed. The article foregrounds the question as to who is entitled to inaugurate, participate in and shape public debates on race, nation, and national identity and evidences the difficulties of attempting to do so in a ‘race volatile’, anti-intellectual and heavily mediated political milieu.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 3 September 2007
Published date: November 2007
Keywords: britishness, identity, multicultural, nation, public intellectuals, parekh Report, public sphere, race
Organisations: Social Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 339764
ISSN: 0950-2386
PURE UUID: 127f45e6-7978-4c2f-bedd-8bbfcfcb8372

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Date deposited: 30 May 2012 08:49
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:52

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Author: Eugene McLaughlin
Author: Sarah Neal

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