1st Edition

The New Dynamics of Identity Politics in the Americas Multiculturalism and Beyond

Edited By Olaf Kaltmeier, Sebastian Thies, Josef Raab Copyright 2014
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    Multiculturalism has shaped identity politics in the Americas over the past decades, as illustrated by politics of recognition, affirmative action, and increasing numbers of internationally recognized cultural productions by members of ethnic minorities. Hinting at postcolonial legacies in political rhetoric and practice multiculturalism has also served as a driving force behind social movements in the Americas. Nevertheless, in current academic discussions and public debates on migration, globalization and identity politics, concepts like new ethnicities, ethnic groupism, creolization, hybridity, mestizaje, diasporas, and "post-ethnicity" articulate positionings that are profoundly changing our understanding of "multiculturalism." Combining theoretical reflections with case studies the aim of this book is to demonstrate the current dynamics of (post-) multicultural politics in the Americas.

    This book was based on a special issue of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.

    1. Multiculturalism and Beyond: The New Dynamics of Identity Politics in the Americas Olaf Kaltmeier, Josef Raab and Sebastian Thies

    2. The Monocultural Origins of Multiculturalism Demetrius Eudell

    3. Syncretism as a Form of Multicultural Politics: The Interlocation of African-Latin-American Identities in Brazil Amos Nascimento

    4. Paradoxes of Costa Rican Multiculturalism Gisella Díaz-Azofeifa

    5. Multicultural Projects in Guatemala: Identity Tensions and Everyday Ideologies Santiago Bastos

    6. Diversity Regimes Beyond Multiculturalism? A Reflexive Ethnography of Intercultural Higher Education in Veracruz, Mexico Gunther Dietz

    7. New Indigenous Citizenship in Bolivia: Challenging the Liberal Model of the State and its Subjects Andrew Canessa

    8. Specters of Multiculturalism: Conceptualizing the Field of Identity Politics in the Americas Olaf Kaltmeier and Sebastian Thies


    Olaf Kaltmeier is Professor for Transnational History of the Americas and Executive Director of the Center for InterAmerican Studies at Bielefeld University.Sebastian Thies is Professor for Iberoamerican Literature and Cultural Studies at Tübingen University.Josef Raab is Professor for American Studies at University Duisburg-Essen and President of the International Associations of Inter-American Studies.