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Ethnic Studies Review
Some of the readers familiar with Nathan Glazer's writings may be surprised or intrigued, as the case may be, by his latest book, We Are All Multiculturalists Now. That title seems quite an extraordinary declaration from a man who became known in the 1980s for his neoconservatism as well as for his persistent criticism of certain liberal social policies such as affirmative action. Has he finally seen the light? Not exactly. The book is by no means an apologia nor is it a ringing endorsement of multiculturalism either. Indeed, the reader is held in some suspense till the last chapter to find out what Glazer really means by "we are all multiculturalists now." Nevertheless, his main purpose in the book, he says, is to examine the phenomenon of multiculturalism -- "that new dispensation" as he calls it. And he does it with relative evenhandedness.
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