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    Overview / Editorial

    Maguire, Mark and Titley, Gavan (2010) Overview / Editorial. Translocations: Migration and Social Change, 6 (2). pp. 1-5. ISSN 2009-0420

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    ‘Integration’ has been established as the preferred rubric for academic discussions, popular polemics and political proposals concerning migration, difference and social futures in globalised nation-states, particularly in western Europe. This amplification owes much to its perceived, corrective relationship to ‘multiculturalism’, widely – and erroneously – regarded as a ‘failed experiment’ requiring rehabilitative action on issues such as social cohesion, ‘shared values’ and variously grounded common ‘ways of life’. While this shift far exceeds any ordinary etymological or definitional controversy, both terms invite similar forms of ambivalent reading. In Shohat and Stam’s discussion of the wild polysemy of multiculturalism, the idea, they argue, is useful because it can be made to insist on a ‘constitutive heterogeneity’ (2008: 3) that refuses the foundational constructions of a national ethnos. The converse is equally plausible; much of the scattergun opprobrium directed at and through the idea of multiculturalism is a consequence of its pronounced sense of imposition, an unwelcome and unasked for amendment to a pre-existing monoculturalism. For this reason, ‘the very idea of multiculturalism, the ideology, disturbs out of proportion to what in fact it may be’ (Elliot and Lemert 2006: 137).

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Integration; multiculturalism; shared values; social cohesion; monocultural imaginings;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 2353
    Depositing User: Gavan Titley
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 15:09
    Journal or Publication Title: Translocations: Migration and Social Change
    Publisher: DCU
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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