Selling Diversity: Immigration Multiculturalism, Employment Equity, and Globalization
Since the 1990s, Canadian policy prescriptions for immigration, multiculturalism, and employment equity have equated globalization with global markets. This interpretation has transformed men and women of various ethnic backgrounds into trade-enhancing commodities who must justify their skills and talents in the language of business. This particular neo-liberal reading of globalization and public policy has resulted in a trend the authors call selling diversity.
Using gender, race/ethnicity, and class lenses to frame their analysis, the authors review Canadian immigration, multiculturalism, and employment equity policies, including their different historical origins, to illustrate how a preference for selling diversity has emerged in the last decade. In the process they suggest that a commitment to enhance justice in a diverse society and world has been muted. Yet, neo-liberalism is not the only or inevitable option in this era of globalization, and Canadians are engaging in transnational struggles for rights and equality and thereby increasing the interconnectedness between peoples across the globe. Consequently, the emphasis on selling diversity might be challenged.
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Author InformationYasmeen Abu-Laban is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. The author, with Christina Gabriel, of Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity, and Globalization (University of Toronto Press, 2002), she has also written numerous articles on citizenship theory and the comparative dimensions of migration, nationalism, and identity politics.
Christina Gabriel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's Studies at Carleton.
Table of contentsAcknowledgements
Diversity, Globalization and Public Policy in Canada
Immigration and Canadian Citizenship
Immigration and Citizenship Policy 1993-2001
Multiculturalism and Nation-Building
Conclusion: Selling (Out) Diversity in an Age of Globalization
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