Peter Kivisto's Multiculturalism in Global Society PDF

By Peter Kivisto

ISBN-10: 063122193X

ISBN-13: 9780631221937

Multiculturalism in worldwide Society explores the ideas and debates surrounding the advanced glossy phenomenon of multiculturalism, and its diverse results at the complex business countries of the area. With impressive readability and concision, it specializes in the interrelated ties of ethnicity, race, and nationalism in a global the place globalizing methods have made such ties more and more vital in monetary, political, and cultural phrases. scholars and students searching for the main updated method of figuring out multiculturalism in an international point of view will locate this to be a fascinating, penetrating, and illuminating textual content.

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Parekh (2000a: 219) has succinctly described this project: Like any other society, a multicultural society needs a broadly shared culture to sustain it. Since it involves several cultures, the shared culture can only grow out of their interaction and should both respect and nurture their diversity and unite them around a common way of life. For those accustomed to thinking of culture as a more or less homogeneous and coherent whole, the idea of a multiculturally constituted culture might appear incoherent or bizarre.

What is required, however, is that communities without propinquity l i i through exchange, reciprocity,and solidarity to achieve a high degree of social cohesion and a common repertoire of symbolic and collective representations. Alejandro Portes and colleagues (1999: 2 17)have attempted to describe the distinctiveness of this phenomenon in the following way: While back and forth movements by immigrants have always existed, they have not acquired until recently the critical mass and complexity necessary to speak of an emergent social field.

He never resolved the lack of precision about what is meant by assimilation. Nevertheless, assimilation theory would prove to be the hegemonic theory in the study ofethnic and race relations from Park’s lifetime until the late 1960s. Assimilation did receive a fuller conceptual treatment several decades after Park’s work, in Milton Gordon’s highly influential Assimilationin American Lile (1964). The purpose of the book was twofold: to add conceptual rigor to the term “assimilation” and to offer an assessment of, as the subtitle of the book indicates, the role of race, religion, and national origins in the United States at the middle of the twentieth century.

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