Anthony D. Smith Memorial Lecture: How do western democracies cope with the challenge of diversity?

Date(s) - 09/02/2017
17:30 - 19:00

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

For the Anthony D. Smith Memorial Lecture, ProfessorSammy Smooha will speak about diversity in Western democracies with John Hutchinson as Chair.

The contemporary Western world celebrates ethnic and cultural diversity, apparently cherishing multiculturalism and shared society. Review of the historical record of Western democracies reveals their effort to reach national uniformity and unity by using various coercive means to reduce or eliminate diversity (genocide, population control, involuntary assimilation, segregation, partition). The different strategies of three types of democracy (liberal, consociational and ethnic) will be exemplified and compared.

Speaker: Dr. Sammy Smooha is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Haifa. Smooha studies Israeli society, with a focus on ethnic relations, in comparative perspective. He has published widely on the internal divisions and conflicts in Israel, and has authored and edited several books on Arab and Jewish relations.

Chair: John Hutchinson is Associate Professor (Reader) in Nationalism in Europe at the Department of Government, LSE.

The event is free and unticketed.

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