Cultural politics: disciplining citizenship

  title={Cultural politics: disciplining citizenship},
  author={Davina Bhandar},
  journal={Citizenship Studies},
  pages={331 - 343}
  • Davina Bhandar
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Citizenship Studies
Demands for cultural citizenship within western democracies identify the shifting needs that arise from culturally diverse and multicultural societies. These demands are increasing while simultaneously, many western societies are re-evaluating their commitments to official policies and discourses of multiculturalism. In the Canadian context, where official multiculturalism has been celebrated since the 1970s, the challenge to the continuity of multiculturalism has been greatly affected by the… 
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