Revisiting Multiculturalism in Canada

Theories, Policies and Debates

  • Shibao Guo
  • Lloyd Wong

Part of the Transnational Migration and Education book series (TMAE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
    1. Lloyd Wong, Shibao Guo
      Pages 1-14
  2. Theorizing and Debating Multiculturalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Will Kymlicka
      Pages 17-35
    3. Elke Winter
      Pages 51-68
    4. Sourayan Mookerjea
      Pages 91-106
  3. Multiculturalism, Ethnicity and Belonging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Shibao Guo, Yan Guo
      Pages 123-139
    3. Rebecca Margolis
      Pages 159-170
    4. Kalyani Thurairajah
      Pages 171-185
  4. Youth, Identity and Racialization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Evangelia Tastsoglou, Sandy Petrinioti
      Pages 189-205
    3. Carl E. James, Selom Chapman-Nyaho
      Pages 221-236
  5. Multicultural Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Johanne Jean-Pierre, Fernando Nunes
      Pages 271-288
    3. Mariusz Galczynski, Vilelmini Tsagkaraki, Ratna Ghosh
      Pages 289-308
  6. Future of Multiculturalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Augie Fleras
      Pages 311-334
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-345

About this book


In 1971 Canada was the first nation in the world to establish an official multiculturalism policy with an objective to assist cultural groups to overcome barriers to integrate into Canadian society while maintaining their heritage language and culture. Since then Canada’s practice and policy of multiculturalism have endured and been deemed as successful by many Canadians. As well, Canada’s multiculturalism policy has also enjoyed international recognition as being pioneering and effectual. Recent public opinion suggests that an increasing majority of Canadians identify multiculturalism as one of the most important symbols of Canada’s national identity. On the other hand, this apparent successful record has not gone unchallenged. Debates, critiques, and challenges to Canadian multiculturalism by academics and politicians have always existed to some degree since its policy inception over four decades ago. In the current international context there has been a growing assault on, and subsequent retreat from, multiculturalism in many countries. In Canada debates about multiculturalism continue to emerge and percolate particularly over the past decade or so. In this context, we are grappling with the following questions: • What is the future of multiculturalism and is it sustainable in Canada? • How is multiculturalism related to egalitarianism, interculturalism, racism, national identity, belonging and loyalties? • What role does multiculturalism play for youth in terms of their identities including racialization? • How does multiculturalism play out in educational policy and the classroom in Canada? These central questions are addressed by contributions from some of Canada’s leading scholars and researchers in philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, education, religious studies, youth studies, and Canadian studies. The authors theorize and discuss the debates and critiques surrounding multiculturalism in Canada and include some very important case studi


multiculturalism ethnic relations racialization immigration Canada

Editors and affiliations

  • Shibao Guo
    • 1
  • Lloyd Wong
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCanada
  2. 2.University of CalgaryCanada

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