Beyond assimilation and multiculturalism: A critical review of the debate on managing diversity

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Abstract

In the past few years, both assimilationist and multiculturalist approaches to the management of immigration and diversity have been called into question. This article is an attempt to critically review and examine the key points of the debate regarding assimilationism and multiculturalism, while arguing for an interculturalist model of socio-cultural incorporation that reconciles cultural diversity with social cohesion. This paper looks at both European and North American cases and contends that when support for diversity occurs within a framework of social justice and political equality, and when all members of society are permitted to fully participate in the public space, the result is a more cohesive, albeit plural, civic community. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-271
JournalJournal of International Migration and Integration
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Accommodation
  • Diversity
  • Immigration
  • Interculturalism
  • Multiculturalism
  • Social Cohesion

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