Blurred Boundaries: Migration, Ethnicity, Citizenship

edited by Rainer Bauböck, John Rundell

Authors: Rainer Bauböck, Charles Westin, Catherine de Wenden, Danielle Juteau, Marie McAndrew, Linda Pietrantonio, Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Giovanna Zincone, Veit Bader, Stephen Castles, Maria Markus, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Daniel M. Weinstock, Alastair Davidson, John Rundell, Agnes Heller

Aldershot (UK), 1998
Book series "Public Policy and Social Welfare", Volume 23

ISBN 1-84014-893-4
356 pages
Price: Euro 43.50

The underlying theme of this collection of essays are new forms of cultural diversity which result from migration and globalization. Historically, most liberal democracies have developed on the basis of national cultures - either a single one, or a dominant one, or a federation of several ones. However, political and economic developments have upset traditional patterns and have blurred established boundaries.

Ongoing immigration from diverse origins has inserted new ethnic minorities into formerly more or less homogeneous populations. Democratic liberties and rights provided opportunities for old and new marginalized minorities to resist assimilation and to assert their collective identities. The resulting pattern of multiculturalism is different from earlier ones. Often cultural boundaries are neither clearly defined nor do they simply dissolve by assimilation into a dominant group - they have become fuzzy and a constant source of real or imagined hostility and anxiety. A proliferation of mixed identities goes together with stronger claims for cultural rights and escalating conflicts between ethnic minorities and national majorities. In many countries multiculturalism is today perceived as a challenge rather than as an enrichment.

The book focuses on the question how institutions and policies of liberal democracies can cope with these trends. Part I - Migration and Minorities. The Diversity of Experiences with Diversity - compares different national contexts and types of ethnic groups and discusses how policies of multicultural integration have to be adapted in order to cope with such differences.

Part II - Groups, Rights and Citizenship in Multicultural Contexts - evaluates the impact of common trends of globalization which link societies and encourage convergence between national models of multicultural integration and discusses whether the shared status and norms of liberal democratic citizenship can still provide for sufficient integration of heterogeneous political communities.

  • The Crossing and Blurring of Boundaries in International Migration. Challenges for Social and Political Theory by Rainer Bauböck
  • Temporal and Spatial Aspects of Multiculturality. Reflections on the Meaning of Time and Space in Relation to the Blurred Boundaries of Multicultural Societies by Charles Westin
  • Changing Representations of the Other in France: The Mirror of Migration by Catherine Wihtol de Wenden
  • Multiculturalism à la Canadian and Intégration à la Québécoise. Transcending their Limits by Danielle Juteau / Marie MacAndrew / Linda Pietrantonio
  • The Israeli Experience in Multiculturalism by Eliezer Ben-Rafael
  • Multiculturalism from Above: Italian Variations on a European Theme by Giovanna Zincone.
  • Egalitarian Multiculturalism: Institutional Separation and Cultural Pluralism by Veit Bader
  • Globalization and the Ambiguities of National Citizenship by Stephen Castles
  • Cultural Pluralism and the Subversion of the 'Taken-for-Granted' World by Maria Markus
  • Toleration as the Public Acceptance of Difference by Anna Elisabetta Galeotti
  • How Can Collective Rights and Liberalism Be Reconciled? by Daniel M. Weinstock
  • Bridging the Gap: Citizenship in Europe and Asia by Alistair Davidson
  • Tensions of Citizenship in an Age of Diversity: Reflections on Territoriality, Cosmopolitanism and Symmetrical Reciprocity by John Rundell,
  • Self-Representation and the Representation of the Other by Agnes Heller

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