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14 October 2010
ISBN: 9781848135604
272 pages
216 x 138mm

Anthropology, Europe, Sociology and Social Policy

European Multiculturalism Revisited

Contributions by Stephan Lanz, Stefano Allievi, Tina Gudrun Jensen, Malehia Malik, Valerie Amiraux, Thijl Sunier, and Christophe Bertossi and edited by Alessandro Silj

European Multiculturalism Revisited analyses the alleged crises of the main ‘models’ of multicultural societies experienced by Europe since the end of World War II, based on research conducted by local scholars in the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, France and Germany. Each chapter provides an historical account of how the model developed and was implemented in the country in question, followed by an in-depth analysis of the factors that have led to the claim that the model has failed. The questions being, Did it actually fail? And if it failed was it because of some intrinsic weaknesses or external circumstances? This volume is a groundbreaking contribution to a topic of vital contemporary importance.


'Many believe that multiculturalism is dead (and good riddance!). Yet the issues raised by multiculturalism are still with us: equality, inclusion, sense of belonging and the remaking of national polities with spaces for individuals and groups defined by difference. It is then good to find a book which is not taken in by a false political rhetoric but is willing to adapt and defend multiculturalism across Europe. This book is to be recommended to students and specialists alike.' - Tariq Modood, University of Bristol

'An excellent overview of the so-called 'crisis of multiculturalism' in W. Europe. The contributors explore beneath the stereotypes, which have dominated public discussion of this 'crisis', to reveal the complex reality of the cultural pluralism produced by global migration. A tribute to careful scholarship, which demonstrates the tensions between national policies and the promotion of European multiculturalism.' - John Eade, CRONEM (Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism), Roehampton and Surrey universities and Visiting Professor at University College, London

'The subject of multiculturalism in Europe has been fraught with controversy in the last decade - and that controversy is likely to continue, without abating. The theories and concepts behind multiculturalism are debated, discussed, and disputed - but often without reference to the reality in which Europeans actually dwell within. Once in a while, there is a corrective measure that takes place: this collection of essays pulls together empirical studies of some of the foremost experts in the area. What it brings to the discussion is a wealth of fascinating material grounded in facts: a welcome addition to the literature.' - Dr H.A. Hellyer, Fellow , University of Warwick/Author of 'Muslims of Europe: the ‘Other’ Europeans' [EUP]

'There can be no doubt that European multiculturalism is either being radically redefined or is in danger of being abolished altogether as its principles and practices come under increasingly ferocious attacks from both academics and politicians on the left and the right. But to what extent are these critiques warranted? These case studies from leading experts in the fields of anthropology, sociology, social geography, political science and law which trace the development and trajectory of different models of multiculturalism in six Western European countries -- Great Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands -- go a long way in answering this complex question. Written in a refreshing, accessible style the book deserves to be the starting point for any serious academic or policy analysis. An essential purchase.' - Sean Carey, Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM), Roehampton University

Table of Contents

Introduction - Alessandro Silj
1. Progressive Multiculturalism: The British Experience - Maleiha Malik
2. Revisiting the multiculturalist model: France - Valérie Amiraux
3. The German Sonderweg: Multiculturalism as Racism with a Distance - Stephan Lanz
4. Multiculturalism in Italy: The Missing Model - Stefano Allievi
5. Making Room: Encompassing Diversity in Denmark - Tina Gudrun Jensen
6. Assimilation by conviction or by coercion? Integration policies in the Netherlands - Thijl Sunier
Conclusion: Mistaken models of integration? A comparative and critical perspective on the crisis of citizenship and multiculturalism in Europe - Christophe Bertossi

About the Authors:

Alessandro Silj is Founder and Director of Ethnobarometer, a European research network on migration and inter-ethnic relations, and author of several books and essays on European affairs and Italian politics. He is also Secretary General, of the Italian Social Science Council (CSS). Born in Italy, he studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Rome, where he graduated in political economy. Following that, he spent several years abroad, in Belgium and in the United States, in a number of roles.