Becoming Multicultural: Immigration and the Politics of Membership in Canada and Germany (Paperback)
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Becoming Multicultural: Immigration and the Politics of Membership in Canada and Germany (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 01/01/2013
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During the first half of the twentieth century, Canada's and Germany's responses to questions of national membership consisted of discriminatory policies aimed at harnessing migration for economic ends. Yet, by the end of the century, both countries were transformed into highly diverse multicultural societies. How did this remarkable shift come about? Triadafilopoulos argues that, after the war, global human rights norms intersected with domestic political identities and institutions, opening the way for the liberalization of Canada's and Germany's immigration and citizenship policies. His is a thought-provoking analysis that sheds light on the dynamics of membership politics and policy making in contemporary liberal-democratic countries.

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
ISBN: 9780774815673
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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Dissecting the politics of membership in North America and Europe, Triadafilopoulos claims a theoretically sound and an empirically fascinating perspective for the comparative study of immigration. His timely book challenges established wisdom on trajectories of incorporation, enabling us to ask new questions about citizenship and belonging.
- Thomas Faist, author of The Transnational in Migration
Richly researched, concisely written, "Becoming Multicultural" deftly illuminates the ways global normative contexts, the choices of political leaders, and the impacts of political institutions have fostered surprising convergences, despite enduring differences, in the evolving civic policies of Canada and Germany. A major contribution to comparative scholarship on citizenship, immigration, and modern political development.
- Rogers M. Smith, author of "Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History"
Triadafilopoulos's lucid comparative analysis of multiculturalism leads readers to the larger issue of the buffeting of the contemporary state system by evolving international norms -- a product of the end of colonialism, of globalization, and of the massive migration of peoples seeking better lives. By focusing on Canada and Germany, he brilliantly highlights the post-imperial dialectic between individual states and the normative basis of the international order.
- Alan C. Cairns, author of Citizens Plus: Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian State
In a surprising but very satisfying comparison of Canada and Germany, Triadafilopoulos expertly weaves an analysis of high-minded ideals with gritty politics to explain how anti-racism norms and human rights have mattered for immigration policy. A beautifully written account of the transformations in entry and membership over the twentieth century.
- Irene Bloemraad, author of Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in the United States and Canada

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