European Multiculturalism Revisited

Edited by Alessandro Silj


Analyses the main 'models' of multicultural societies that Europe has experienced since the end of World War 2. This title consists of a historical account of how in each country the model developed and was implemented in practice, followed by an analysis of the factors that have led to the claim that the model has failed.
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.

Author Bio

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).

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


'It is 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.'
John Eade, Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

'What it brings to the discussion is a wealth of fascinating material grounded in facts: a welcome addition to the literature.'
H.A. Hellyer, University of Warwick and author of Muslims of Europe'

'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, Roehampton University


Publication Date: 14 October 2010
272 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781848135604
Hardback: 9781848135611
eBook ePub: 9781848138735
eBook PDF: 9781848135666
eBook Kindle: 9781780327860

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