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Reasonable Accommodation
Managing Religious Diversity
Lori G. Beaman  

$85.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 9/10/2012
ISBN: 9780774822657    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2013
ISBN: 9780774822763    

248 Pages


About the Book

Often when a religious minority challenges mainstream Canadian customs, the phrase "reasonable accommodation" and its boundaries are 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 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 womenís right to wear the niqab in public, religious diversity in prisons, and accommodating sexual diversity. Woven through the chapters 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 isnít 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.

Combining perspectives from the fields of law, religious studies, political science, philosophy and sociology, Reasonable Accommodation is a must-read for professors, researchers, students and policy-makers interested in religion and multiculturalism in Canada.

About the Author(s)

Lori G. Beaman is Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada, Director of the Religion and Diversity Project and Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Contributors: Natasha Bakht, James A. Beckford, Peter Beyer, Gary D. Bouma, Avigail Eisenberg, Solange Lefebvre, Ole Riis, and Heather Shipley.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Exploring Reasonable Accommodation / Lori G. Beaman

1 Religion and Immigration in a Changing Canada: The Reasonable Accommodation of "Reasonable Accommodation"? / Peter Beyer
2 Religion in Court, Between an Objective and a Subjective Definition / Solange Lefebvre
3 Identity Quietism and Political Exclusion / Avigail Eisenberg
4 Veiled Objections: Facing Public Opposition to the Niqab / Natasha Bakht
5 Public Responses to Religious Diversity in Britain and France / James A. Beckford
6 Beyond Reasonable Accommodation: The Case of Australia / Gary D. Bouma
7 One of These Things Is Not like the Other: Sexual Diversity and Accommodation / Heather Shipley
8 Religion as a Multicultural Marker in Advanced Modern Society / Ole Riis

Conclusion: Alternatives to Reasonable Accommodation / Lori G. Beaman

List of Contributors


"This volume will be of great interest to members of the legal community; those who work on matters of public policy and public discourse; members of religious communities; as well as academics in the arts and social sciences. It represents a significant contribution to academic debate in several fields of study."
-- Leona Anderson, Department of Religious Studies, University of Regina

"Presents a comprehensive overview and grappling with the concept of reasonable accommodation in religiously and culturally diverse contemporary social contexts. The cross-cultural inclusion of perspectives and case studies from international contexts is especially noteworthy. It is a solid addition to the field, and it will become a much-used reference as well as course text."
-- Carol B. Duncan, Department of Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University

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