Interculturalism: A View from Quebec
Published: January 2015© 2014
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 224 Pages
Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.30
224 Pages, 6.25 x 9.30 x 0.85 in
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Accommodating ethnic diversity is a major challenge for all democratic nations and a topic that has attracted a great deal of attention in the last few decades. Within Quebec, a new approach has emerged that seeks a balance between the needs of minorities and those of the majority.
In Interculturalism, sociologist and historian Gérard Bouchard presents his vision of interculturalism as a model for the management of diversity. A pluralist approach which recognizes the existence of a cultural majority whose rights must also be acknowledged, interculturalism constitutes an important alternative to multiculturalism both in Canada and internationally. Written by one of Quebec’s leading public intellectuals and the co-chair of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on reasonable accommodation, Interculturalism is the first clear and comprehensive statement in English of an approach being discussed around the world.
A translation of Bouchard’s award-winning French-language work, L’Interculturalisme: Un point de vue québécois, this book features a new foreword by philosopher Charles Taylor and an afterword by the author written specifically for the English-language edition.
Foreword by Charles Taylor
1. Conditions and Foundations of Quebec Interculturalism
2. Quebec Interculturalism: A Definition
3. Interculturalism and Multiculturalism
4. Criticism and Defence of Interculturalism
5. For an Inclusive Secularism
‘This book deserves to be read widely. In other words, this is an essential reading for anyone interested in a key question facing both Quebec and Canada.’James L. Kennedy, British Journal of Canadian History vol 30:01:2017
‘Interculturalism is an articulate, insightful, well-reasoned, and upbeat book… This translation of his book offers English Canadians an insightful and important window on the ethos and debates on cultural matters in Quebec, from a moderate but resolute Francophone perspective.’Don Schweitzer, University of Toronto Quarterly vol 86:03:2017
“Interculturalism is a serious work of public scholarship, addressing a hot topic in Quebec from a distinctive standpoint. Bouchard makes a passionate case for ‘interculturalism’ as a sensible solution to the problems of ethnic diversity, an issue that concerns all developed countries.” Frank Lechner, Department of Sociology, Emory University
“Interesting, well-crafted, and accessible to a wide audience, Interculturalism makes an important contribution to the current debates on the integration of ethnocultural and religious diversity, particularly in Quebec but also in the rest of Canada and in other Western countries.” Elke Winter, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa