Bhikhu Chotalal Parekh, Baron Parekh, FBA, FAcSS (born 4 January 1935) is a British political theorist, academic, and life peer. He is a Labour Party member of the House of Lords. He was Professor of Political Theory at the University of Hull from 1982 to 2001, and Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster from 2001 to 2009. He was President of the Academy of Social Sciences between 2003 and 2008.
The Lord Parekh
Professor Bhikhu Parekh in 2016
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
10 May 2000
Bhikhu Chotalal Parekh
4 January 1935
Amalsad, Gujarat, India
|Alma mater||University of Bombay |
London School of Economics
|Notable works||Marx's Theory of Ideology (1982) |
Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory (2002)
Early life and educationEdit
Parekh was born in the village of Amalsad in the province of Gujarat, India; his father was a goldsmith with a basic education. Parekh was admitted to the University of Bombay at the age of 15, and earned a bachelor's degree there in 1954 and a Master's in 1956. He began his graduate studies at the London School of Economics in 1959, and received his PhD in 1966.
He taught at the London School of Economics and at the University of Glasgow before finding a long-term position at the University of Hull. Between 1981 and 1984 he was Vice-Chancellor at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India. He also held the Centennial Professorship in the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and a professorship of political philosophy at the University of Westminster. In 2002, he served as president of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences.
Parekh has also served on the Commission for Racial Equality (including a spell as vice-chairman) and has held membership of a number of bodies concerned with issues of racial equality and multiculturalism – most notably as Chairman of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain from 1998 to 2000. The report of this body (often referred to as the "Parekh Report") has been the basis for much of the debate on multiculturalism in the UK in the early 21st century.
House of LordsEdit
Awards and honoursEdit
Parekh was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 1988, and a Fellow of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 1999. In 2003, h was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.
He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Essex in 2003. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary DUniv From The University of Hull. On 11 July 2011, Parekh was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences (DSoc Sci) from Nottingham Trent University. On 20 July 2011, Parekh was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Edge Hill University.
- Bentham's Political Thought. Croom Helm. 1973. ISBN 0-85664-037-9.
- Marx's Theory of Ideology. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr. 1982. p. 256. ISBN 0-8018-2771-X.
- Colonialism, Tradition and Reform: An Analysis of Gandhi's Political Discourse. Sage. 1989. ISBN 0-8039-9605-5.
- Gandhi's Political Philosophy. A critical examination. Macmillan. 1989. p. 246. ISBN 0-333-54765-9.
- The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain: Report of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain. Profile Books. 2000. ISBN 1-86197-227-X.
- Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford Paperbacks. 2001. ISBN 978-0-19-285457-5.
- Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory. Harvard UP. 2002. ISBN 0-674-00995-9.
- European Liberalism and 'the Muslim Question': Does Intercultural Dialogue Make Sense? (ISIM Papers). Amsterdam University Press. 2008. ISBN 9789053560877.
- A New Politics of Identity: Political Principles for an Interdependent World. Palgrave Macmillan. 2008. ISBN 1-4039-0647-5.
As well as this he wrote an account of "The Rushdie Affair and the British Press; Some Salutary Lessons" for the Commission for Racial Equality in 1990.
- "Parekh, Baron, (Bhikhu Chhotalal Parekh)". Who's Who 2019. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2018. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-30023. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Biography Archived 13 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine as the speaker for the Justice KT Desai Memorial Lecture 2009, Bombay Bar Association. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
- "A lord with a rainbow notion", Times Higher Education, 13 October 2000.
- Honorary Graduates: Orations and responses – Lord Parekh of Kingston upon Hull, University of Essex, 9 July 2003. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
- People – University of Westminster Department of Politics and International Relations Archived 1 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
- "No. 55847". The London Gazette. 15 May 2000. p. 5315.
- "Lord Parekh". UK Parliament. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- "Professor Lord (bhikhu) Parekh". The British Academy. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Elections to the Fellowship > 2003 > Professor Lord (Bhikhu) Parekh Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 25 March 2010.