Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Dislocated Identities

A very interesting article by Michael Fitzpatrick that suggests that multiculturalism not only flowed into the cracks in our society that opened as the traditional glue of establishment values decayed, it promoted ever widening fissures by politicising ethnicity.

There's probably more to the changes in collective identification than the exhaustion of the old elites. But dislocation does seem to have become part of public policy over the past few decades and, but for the re-think that recent events have encouraged, we might have reached the stage where people like Salman Rushdie could have been prosecuted in this country for offending minority sensibilities. Realtivism gone mad - as Herr Pope would say.

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