Reasonable Accommodation: Managing Religious Diversity
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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1 Religion and Immigration in a Changing Canada
2 Religion in Court Between an Objective and a Subjective Definition
3 Identity Quietism and Political Exclusion
4 Veiled Objections
5 Public Responses to Religious Diversity in Britain and France
6 Beyond Reasonable Accommodation