Multiculturalism in a Global Society
Peter Kivisto, Blackwell Publishing, 2002, ISBN 0-631-22194-8

In recent years, the words "multiculturalism" and "globalization" have captured the imagination of scholars and the public alike. These two commonly used, and frequently misunderstood, terms are increasingly employed as people attempt to make sense of some of the most fundamental and dramatic changes that have reconfigured economic arrangements, challenged political systems, and recast issues related to cultural identities during the past half-century. (p. 01 )

Canada is not simply a mirror image of the United States. One salient difference that frames all other differences involves the respective roles of British and French ethnics in Canadian history. Due to a legacy of tension and overt conflict between the Anglophone and Francophone communities, nothing comparable to the melting-pot ideal emerged in the nations collective conscience. Instead, Canadians were from the beginning more likely to view themselves as a mosaic, and thus in pluralist or more recently multicultural terms. (p. 85)

Within [the framework of transnationalism and globalisation] it is clear that the ethnic factor will play a crucially important role in shaping the social life of these nation-states well into the future. The shared conviction of modernization theorists and Marxists about the presumed inevitable decline and ultimate disappearance of ethnic identities and ethnic group affiliations has been seriously undermined by the events of the recent past and by some of the most pressing challenges confronting these nations at present. (p. 186 )

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