Some of crowd were jubilant, saying that Cameron "had come round to our way of thinking".
One of the many signs of the rightward creep of Western European politics is the recent unison of voices denouncing multiculturalism.
All three were late to the game, though: Despite the shared rhetoric, it is difficult to discern a common target for these criticisms. Cameron aimed at an overly tolerant attitude toward extremist Islam, Merkel at the slow pace of Turkish integration, and Sarkozy at Muslims who pray in the street.
But while it is hard to know what exactly the politicians of Europe mean when they talk about multiculturalism, one thing we do know is that the issues they raise—real or imagined—have complex historical roots that have little to do with ideologies of cultural difference.
Moreover, it misreads history. An intellectual corrective may help to diminish its malign impact.
Political criticisms of multiculturalism confuse three objects. One is the changing cultural and religious landscape of Europe. Postwar France and Britain encouraged immigration of willing workers from former colonies; Germany drew on its longstanding ties with Turkey for the same purpose; somewhat later, new African and Asian immigrants, many of them Muslims, traveled throughout Western Europe to seek jobs or political refuge.
As a result, one sees mosques where there once were only churches and hears Arabic and Turkish where once there were only dialects of German, Dutch, or Italian.
The first object then is the social fact of cultural and religious diversity, of multicultural and multi-religious everyday life: By the s, Western European governments realized that the new workers and their families were there to stay, so the host countries tried out a number of strategies to integrate the immigrants into the host society.
These were pragmatic efforts; they did not aim at assimilation, nor did they aim to preserve spatial or cultural separation.
But these measures were all designed to encourage integration: Although ideas of multiculturalism do shape public debates in Britain as they do in North Americathey do so much less in continental Europe, and even in Britain it would be difficult to find direct policy effects of these normative theories.
Politicians err when they claim that normative ideas of multiculturalism shape the social fact of cultural and religious diversity: Nor are state policies shaped by those ideas, which tend to be recent in origin.
Quite to the contrary, each European country has followed well-traveled pathways for dealing with diversity. Methods designed to accommodate sub-national religious blocs are now being adapted and applied to Muslim immigrants.
Far from newfangled, misguided policies of multiculturalism, these distinct strategies represent the continuation of long-standing, nation-specific ways of recognizing and managing diversity. Her real meaning was made clear by the presence of Horst Seehofer next to her on the podium.
In June then-Bundesbank member Thilo Sarrazin published a book in which he accused Muslim immigrants of lowering the intelligence of German society. Although he was censured for his views and dismissed from his central bank position, the book proved popular, and polls suggested that Germans were sympathetic with the thrust of his arguments.
At least the finance minister pointed to a real German policy, one that encouraged low-paid laborers to relocate to the country and rebuild it. In other words, the government and many, perhaps most, Germans had not hoped, as Merkel claimed, that everyone would live side by side.
Polyculturalism is an ideological approach to the consequences of intercultural engagements within a geographical area which emphasises similarities between, and the enduring interconnectedness of, groups which self-identify as distinct, thus blurring the boundaries which may be perceived by members of those groups. It differs from multiculturalism which instead emphasises the separateness of. Meetings with Others: a critique of multiculturalism Ingrid Stevens and Allan Munro Faculty of the Arts, Tshwane University of Technology [email protected] and [email protected] Multicuturalism can be celebrated from a positive perspective or criticized from a negative perspec-tive. Opposition has grown to state sponsored multicultural policies, with some believing that it has been a costly failure. Critics of the policy come from many parts of British society. There is now a debate in the UK over whether explicit multiculturalism and "social cohesion and .
In this sense Germany has largely followed its longer-term policies for dealing with diversity: German federal and state governments have historically denied that immigration could be of value and maintained a policy of limiting citizenship only to those who could demonstrate German descent.
But Germany may also follow the public-corporation model it has arranged with Christian and Jewish groups. A proposed Islamic public corporation would have the legal status to obtain government funding for mosques and would serve as a legitimate overseer of materials selected for Islamic religious education.
This promising policy goal, not yet achieved, would recognize and support Islam in accordance with long-standing German principles governing religious diversity, not on grounds of multiculturalism.
In his February speech, Cameron blamed multiculturalism for creating spatial divisions and fomenting terrorism.Meetings with Others: a critique of multiculturalism Ingrid Stevens and Allan Munro Faculty of the Arts, Tshwane University of Technology [email protected] and [email protected] Multicuturalism can be celebrated from a positive perspective or criticized from a negative perspec-tive.
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For some, multiculturalism expresses the essence of a modern, liberal society. For others, it has helped create an anxious, fragmented nation. Part of the difficulty with this debate is that both sides confuse the lived experience of diversity, on the one hand, with multiculturalism as a political process, on the other.