By Derek Rubin, Jaap Verheul
This groundbreaking quantity explores the multicultural debate that has advanced within the usa and Europe because the cataclysmic occasions of September 11. rather than suggesting closure through offering a unified narrative approximately cultural variety, nationwide id, and social stratification, the essays during this well-balanced assortment current a number of views, each one highlighting the undiminished relevance of key matters resembling immigration, assimilation, and citizenship, whereas additionally pointing to unresolved conflicts over universalism, faith, and tolerance. most significantly, this quantity indicates that the fight over multiculturalism isn't constrained to the political area, but in addition has profound cultural implications. American Multiculturalism after 9-11: Transatlantic views is a useful, thought-provoking addition to the controversy approximately multiculturalism as significant to the research of the USA in an international context.
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The question is whether fundamentalisms of any religious definition – Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Islamic – do or do not finally throttle avowedly secular democratic societies. If one concludes that they do, what is then to be done? Multiculturalism does not provide answers. My own approach to such questions grows from my experience working with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization, during the 1960s. Quaker meetings for business – the formal gatherings of Friends, at which policies and their implementation are decided – are governed by the practice of consensus.
The educational institutions preparing young people for entry into French elites remain quite homogeneous. The disparities between the native majority and the children of disfavored immigrants continue to grow once school is finished and young people confront the labor market and its possibilities. Youth unemployment is high in France – widely estimated at more than twenty percent of 18-24 year olds at the time of the Fall 2005 riots. One consequence is a systematic favoritism displayed by employers for native French (and other groups that are viewed positively).
48 Howard Winant, The World is a Ghetto: Race and Ethnic Politics since World War II (New York: Basic Books, 2001). Alejandro Portes and Min Zhou, “The New Second Generation: Segmented Assimilation and Its Variants,” The Annals 530 (November 1993): 74-96. Ethnic pluralism combined with socioeconomic parity is a third possibility in their scheme. american multiculturalism after 9/11 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Richard Alba, “Bright vs. Blurred Boundaries: Second-Generation Assimilation and Exclusion in France, Germany, and the United States,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 28 (January 2005): 20-49.