Reasonable Accommodation: Managing Religious Diversity

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Lori G. Beaman
UBC Press, Sep 15, 2012 - 248 páginas
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Often when a religious minority challenges mainstream customs, the phrase "reasonable accommodation" is at the centre of the ensuing debate. But what exactly is reasonable accommodation? Does it achieve its goal of integrating the rights of religious minorities with those of mainstream society or does it emphasize inequality?

Reasonable Accommodation features eight essays that seek to define the meaning of reasonable accommodation within Canada and abroad. These probing explorations touch on current hot-button topics such as women's right to wear the niqab in public, religious diversity in prisons, and accommodating sexual diversity. Woven throughout are questions and commentary about whether there really is a religious majority in Canada, how the idea of "shared values" obscures debate, and how tolerating religious differences simply isn't enough to guarantee equality. Reasonable Accommodation provides a much-needed critical assessment of this phrase and theorizes religious diversity and freedom of religion beyond the meaning of "tolerance" as it sometimes implies.

 

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Introduction Exploring Reasonable Accommodation
1
1 Religion and Immigration in a Changing Canada
13
2 Religion in Court Between an Objective and a Subjective Definition
32
3 Identity Quietism and Political Exclusion
51
4 Veiled Objections
70
5 Public Responses to Religious Diversity in Britain and France
109
6 Beyond Reasonable Accommodation
139
7 One of  These Things Is Not Like the Other
165
8 Religion as a Multicultural Marker in Advanced Modern Society
187
Conclusion
208
Contributors
224
Index
227
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Lori G. Beaman is Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada, director of the Religion and Diversity Project, and a professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Contributors: Natasha Bakht, James A. Beckford, Peter Beyer, Gary D. Bouma, Avigail Eisenberg, Solange Lefebvre, Ole Riis, and Heather Shipley.

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