Multiculturalism is now seen by many of its critics as the source of intercultural and social tensions, fostering communal segregation and social conflicts. While the cultural diversity of contemporary societies has to be acknowledged as an empirical and demographic fact, whether multiculturalism as a policy offers an optimal conduit for intercultural understanding and social harmony has become increasingly a matter of polarised public debate.
This book examines the contested philosophical foundations of multiculturalism and its, often controversial, applications in the context of migrant societies. It also explores the current theoretical debates about the extent to which multiculturalism, and related conceptual constructs, can account for the various ethical challenges and policy dilemmas surrounding the management of cultural diversity in our contemporary societies. The authors consider common conceptual and empirical features from a transnational perspective through analysis of the case studies of Australia, Canada, Columbia, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, comparative politics, international studies, multiculturalism, migration and political sociology.
Chapter 1 Contextualizing Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Fethi Mansouri and Boulou Ebanda de B’béri Part I: On the Multicultural Épistème Chapter 2 Multiple Multiculturalisms: Encounters and Change in Different Contexts Patrick Imbert Chapter 3 The Ethnicity/Liberalism Contradiction: Reflections on the New Zealand Experience Elizabeth Rata Chapter 4 Cultural Rights in New Multicultural Democracies Felipe Arocena Chapter 5 Harvesting the Generous Crop of the Québécois Reasonable Accommodation Controversy Sirma Bilge Chapter 6 The Multicultural, Intercultural and the Transcultural Subject Vince Marotta Part II: Reclaiming the Multiculturalism Debate Chapter 7 Addressing Cultural Differences: Whither Multiculturalism? Sue Kenny and Michele Lobo Chapter 8 Multiculturalism or Assimilation and Social Exclusion: Ethnic Minorities in the United Kingdom Gary Craig and Hannah Lewis Chapter 9 Managing Religious Diversity and Promoting Active Citizenship: Muslims in Australia, Britain and Germany Mario Peucker and Shahram Akbarzadeh Chapter 10 Resilient Multiculturalism? Diversifying Approaches to Community Resilience and Cultural DifferenceMichele Grossman Chapter 11 Comparing Transnational Identity, Affiliations and Citizenship in Australia and Canada Kevin Dunn Chapter 12 Transcultural Politics as Deep Multiculturalism: Canada in Global Perspective Afef Benessaieh Chapter 13 The Future of Multiculturalism? The Political Discourse of Failure and the Measures of Success Paul Morris Chapter 14 Towards Post-multiculturalism? Elite Discourse, Post-modernism and the Challenge of Diversity in Multi-ethnic Societies Fethi Mansouri and Paula Muraca