Religion, Culture and the State: Reflections on the Bouchard-Taylor Report

Type of resource
Authors/collaborators
Title
Religion, Culture and the State: Reflections on the Bouchard-Taylor Report
Abstract
In 2007, the Quebec government commissioned historian and sociologist Gérard Bouchard and philosopher and political scientist Charles Taylor to co-chair a commission that would investigate the limits of "reasonable accommodation" in the province. The Canadian principle of multiculturalism demands that the cultural majority make certain concessions to the needs of minority groups if these concessions will not cause undue hardship to the majority. This principle has caused much debate in Quebec, particularly over issues of language, Muslim head coverings, and religious symbols such as the kirpan (traditional Sikh dagger). The contributors to this book address reasonable accommodation from legal, political, and anthropological perspectives. Using the 2008 Bouchard-Taylor Report as their point of departure, the contributors contextualize the English and French Canadian experiences of multiculturalism and diversity through socio-historical analysis, political philosophy, and practical comparisons to other jurisdictions.
Place
Toronto, ON
Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Date
2011
Language
en
Citation
Adelman, Howard, and Pierre Anctil, eds. Religion, Culture and the State: Reflections on the Bouchard-Taylor Report. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2011.
Find in a library
Permalink