TITLE

Multiculturalism and immigration: A comparison of the United States, Germany, and Great Britain

AUTHOR(S)
Joppke, Christian
PUB. DATE
August 1996
SOURCE
Theory & Society;Aug96, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p449
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
"Multiculturalism," the seeking of equal rights and recognition for ethnic, racial, religious or sexually defined groups, is one of the most pervasive and controversial intellectual and political movements in contemporary Western democracies. In its insistence on equality and emancipation, multiculturalism is clearly a movement of the left. Yet in its defense of particularistic, mostly ascriptively defined group identities, multiculturalism also deviates from the universalist project of the left and enters a terrain that had previously been held by the political right? The particularistic identities advocated by multiculturalism are chosen, not received, to be built by means of "consciousness raising" rather than ready made. At the same time, multiculturalism's identities are primordial, ascribed and all encompassing. Ethnic heritage, racial features or sexual orientation are elevated into exclusive master statuses that totally fix an individual's identity and interests. Modern colonialism's imposition of Western culture on peripheral cultures, along with the assumed superiority that undergirds this imposition, is the core grievance for which multiculturalism seeks belated redress.
ACCESSION #
9702074914

 

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