Events

How Do Western Democracies Cope with the Challenge of Diversity?

Hosted by the Department of Government

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House,

Speaker

Professor Sammy Smooha

Professor Sammy Smooha

Chair

Dr John Hutchinson

The contemporary Western world celebrates ethnic and cultural diversity, apparently cherishing multiculturalism and shared society. A 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.

This is a public lecture in memory of Anthony Smith.

Sammy Smooha is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Haifa. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and President of the Israeli Sociological Society and won the 2008 Israel Prize for Sociology. 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. He is the Israel Institute Visiting Professor at the University of London-SOAS for the academic year 2016-17.

John Hutchinson is Associate Professor in Nationalism in Europe at the Department of Government, LSE.

The Department of Government (@LSEGovernment) at LSE is one of the largest political science departments in the UK. Our activities cover a comprehensive range of approaches to the study of politics.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSESmooha

Podcast

A podcast of this event is available to download from How Do Western Democracies Cope with the Challenge of Diversity?

Podcasts and videos of many LSE events can be found at the LSE Public Lectures and Events: podcasts and videos channel.

Twitter and Facebook

You can get immediate notification on the availability of an event podcast by following LSE public lectures and events on Twitter, which will also inform you about the posting of transcripts and videos, the announcement of new events and other important event updates. Event updates and other information about what's happening at LSE can be found on the LSE's Facebook page.

CPD

This event has been certified for CPD purposes by the CPD Certification Service. Self-Assessment Record forms will be made available for delegates wishing to record further learning and knowledge enhancement for Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPD) purposes. For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, it is the responsibility of delegates to register their details with a LSE steward at the end of the event and as of 1 September 2014 a certificate will be sent within 28 days of the date of the event attended by the CPD Certification Service.  If a delegate fails to register their details at the event, it will not prove possible to issue a certificate. (For queries relating to CPD Certificates of attendance after a request please phone 0208 840 4383 or email info@cpduk.co.uk).
From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.

Twitter

LSE Events LSEpublicevents

Catch up on event podcasts: @Ram_Guha tells the epic story of #Gandhi's life and how he changed the world armed onl… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

2 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

LSE Events LSEpublicevents

RT @LSEEI: New podcast! Listen to Pascal Lamy and Dame Minouche Shafik discuss the future of a rules based, open globalisation: https://t.c…

9 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

  Sign up for news about events