Us, Them, and Others

Us, Them, and Others

October 1, 2011 | 293 pages

How do countries come to view themselves as being 'multicultural'? Us, Them, and Otherspresents a dynamic new model for understanding pluralism based on the triangular relationship between three groups - the national majority, historically recognized minorities, and diverse immigrant bodies. Elke Winter's research illustrates how compromise between unequal groups is rendered meaningful through confrontation with real or imagined outsiders. Us, Them, and Others sheds new light on the astonishing resilience of Canadian multiculturalism in the late 1990s, when multicultural policies in other countries had already come under heavy attack. Winter draws on analyses of English-language newspaper discourses and a sociological framework to connect discourses of pan-Canadian multicultural identity to representations of Quebecois nationalism, immigrant groups, First Nations, and the United States. Taking inspiration from the Canadian experience, Us, Them, and Othersis an enticing examination of national identity and pluralist group formation in diverse societies.

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ISBN: 9780802096395

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