"Interculturalism is a new concept for managing community relations in a world defined by globalization and "super diversity." This book argues that as all countries become more multicultural a new framework of interculturalism is needed to mediate these relationships and that this will require new systems of governance to support it."--Publisher's website
Multiculturalism has failed. In an era of globalization and super-diversity, in which our world is becoming increasingly interconnected, the inability of multicultural policies to adapt to this new era has left people feeling disconnected and powerless. With both personal and collective identities threatened by transnational corporate powers and supra-national organizations, the time has come for radical policy changes. In this book, Ted Cantle confronts the failures of Multiculturalism head-on and establishes a new concept - interculturalism - for managing community relations in a world defined by globalization and super-diversity. The book argues that as all countries become more multicultural, a new framework of interculturalism is needed to mediate these relationships and that this will require new systems of governance to support it.
Accommodating ethnic diversity is a major challenge for all democratic nations and a topic that has attracted a great deal of attention in the last few decades. Within Quebec, a new approach has emerged that seeks a balance between the needs of minorities and those of the majority. In Interculturalism, sociologist and historian Gérard Bouchard presents his vision of interculturalism as a model for the management of diversity. A pluralist approach which recognizes the existence of a cultural majority whose rights must also be acknowledged, interculturalism constitutes an important alternative to multiculturalism both in Canada and internationally. Written by one of Quebec's leading public intellectuals and the co-chair of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on reasonable accommodation, Interculturalism is the first clear and comprehensive statement in English of an approach being discussed around the world. A translation of Bouchard's award-winning French-language work, L'Interculturalisme: Un point de vue québécois, this book features a new foreword by philosopher Charles Taylor and an afterword by the author written specifically for the English-language edition. -- Provided by publisher
Cover; Copyright; Contents; Contributors; Introduction: framing the intercultural turn; PART I From concept to policy; 1. Interculturalism: main hypothesis, theories and strands; 2. Interculturalism: a policy instrument supporting social inclusion?; 3. Interculturalism in Montréal and Barcelona; 4. Meet me on the corner? Shaping the conditions for cross-cultural interaction in urban public space; 5. Implementing intercultural policies; PART II From policy to implementation