Managing Religious DiversityBook - 2012
Reasonable Accommodation features eight interdisciplinary essays addressing how reasonable accommodation is defined within Canada and abroad through law and public discourse. These probing explorations based on empirical studies and legal cases 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.
With the concept of "reasonable accommodation" increasingly heard in Canada's public discourse about the treatment of religious minority practices, the eight papers presented here by Beaman (classics and religious studies, U. of Ottawa, Canada) consider the language of "reasonable accommodation" as measured against the principle of equality rights and in light of power relations implicit in giving and receiving of rights in Canada and in other countries. Topics include the ways in which the very foundation of "reasonable accommodation" fails scrutiny as boundaries between majority and minority become blurred and as the idea that it is newcomers that need to be accommodated is undermined by discrimination against native minorities, the tensions between liberal individualism and religious freedom that allows for adherence to illiberal religious commitments, the hostility towards Muslim women wearing the Niqab in western countries, issues of religious diversity and practice in prisons in France and England, the general contours of the management of religious diversity in Australia, and the ways in which religiously based normative standards are implicated in court decisions in Canada. Distributed in the US by the U. of Washington Press and in Canada by the U. of Toronto Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)