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The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe: A History
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Rita Chin
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The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe: A History

Rita Chin


Princeton University Press

European history;
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000;
Social & cultural history;
Migration, immigration & emigration;
Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies


384 pages

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A history of modern European cultural pluralism, its current crisis, and its uncertain future In 2010, the leaders of Germany, Britain, and France each declared that multiculturalism had failed in their countries. Over the past decade, a growing consensus in Europe has voiced similar decrees. But what do these ominous proclamations, from across the political spectrum, mean? Looking at the touchstones of European multiculturalism, from the urgent need for laborers after World War II to the question of French girls wearing headscarves to school, The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe examines the historical development of multiculturalism on the Continent. Rita Chin argues that there were few efforts to institute state-sponsored policies of multiculturalism, and shows that today's crisis of support for cultural pluralism isn't new but actually has its roots in the 1980s. Contending that renouncing the principles of diversity brings social costs, Chin considers how Europe might construct an effective political engagement with its varied population.

By:   Rita Chin
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691192772
ISBN 10:   0691192774
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Rita Chin is professor of history at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany and the coauthor of After the Nazi Racial State. She was recently awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Chin has produced a well-researched and readable study of policies toward immigrant communities in Great Britain, France, and, to a lesser extent, Germany, from immediately after WWII to the present. --Publishers Weekly A lucid and erudite overview of the debate. --Malise Ruthven, Financial Times Lucidly written and resourcefully argued, [this book] is a superb example of a scholarly intervention in a public debate dominated by unexamined prejudice. --Pankaj Mishra, New York Times Book Review Chin analyzes the current debates in Europe over immigration and Western values to create a vivid picture of a continent consumed by social tensions. The questions [she] poses have never seemed more urgent. --Radhika Jones, New York Times Book Review

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