Had this book been written some ten years ago it would undoubtedly have begun by extolling the remarkable rise of multiculturalism as a political philosophy, and the growing popularity of multicultural policies in the governing practices of democratic countries around the globe. Indeed, such was the momentum behind this new multicultural turn in theory and practice that as the previous century was drawing to a close Nathan Glazer's famous pronouncement that ‘we are all multiculturalists now’ was beginning to look less like a rhetorical flourish than a somewhat banal acknowledgement of a new reality (Glazer 1998). 1