Conclusion: The Public Good of (British) Multicultural Literature

  • Ulla Rahbek


Rahbek concludes British Multicultural Literature and Superdiversity by discussion a number of ideas about what such literature does (as opposed to what it is). Drawing on critics’ and writers’ observations on literature’s efficacy in the world, the chapter explores the potential public good of British multicultural literature, suggesting that by aiding in the development of vocabularies of comparison and by promoting what Bhikhu Parekh calls multicultural skills such literature helps lubricate living with diversity, both within the nation and on a more global scale. The chapter argues that in order to understand the complex layering of multiculturalism (old diversity) and superdiversity (new diversity) that characterises twenty-first-century Britain, a holistic approach that combines socio-political theories and literatures is an empowering method for exploring British multicultural literature’s social force.


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  • Ulla Rahbek
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  1. 1.University of CopenhagenKøbenhavn SDenmark

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