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Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion

Potentials and Challenges of Diversity

Authors: Reitz, J.G., Breton, R., Dion, K.K., Dion, K.L.

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  • Explores multiculturalism and diversity issues using an extensive national survey
  • Diverse findings on many different ethnic, racial and religious minorities; comparison of Quebec and rest of Canada
  • Interdisciplinary and internationally-known scholars in sociology and psychology
  • Findings challenge uncritically optimistic or pessimistic views of multiculturalism
  • New proposals for multiculturalism policy
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Does multiculturalism ‘work’? Does multiculturalism policy create social cohesion, or undermine it? Multiculturalism was introduced in Canada in the 1970s and widely adopted internationally, but more recently has been hotly debated, amid new concerns about social, cultural, and political impacts of immigration. Advocates praise multiculturalism for its emphasis on special recognition for cultural minorities as facilitating their social integration, while opponents charge that multiculturalism threatens social cohesion by encouraging social isolation.

Multiculturalism is thus rooted in a theory of human behaviour, and this book examines the empirical validity of some of its basic propositions, focusing on Canada as the country for which the most enthusiastic claims for multiculturalism have been made. The analysis draws on the massive national Ethnic Diversity Survey of over 41,000 Canadians in 2002, the most extensive survey yet conducted on this question.

The analysis provides a new and more nuanced understanding of the complex relation between multiculturalism and social cohesion, challenging uncritically optimistic or pessimistic views. Ethnic community ties facilitate some aspects of social integration, while discouraging others. For racial minorities, relations within and outside minority communities are greatly complicated by more frequent experiences of discrimination and inequality, slowing processes of social integration. Implications for multicultural policies emphasize that race relations present important challenges across Quebec and the rest of Canada, including for the new religious minorities, and that ethnic community development requires more explicit support for social integration.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion
Book Subtitle
Potentials and Challenges of Diversity
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9958-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9958-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9957-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8228-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 194
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