Title: Multiculturalism: The Great Marketing Strategy? An International Perspective.
Edited by: Reza Hasmath, University of Cambridge
This edited collection will examine multiculturalism in various international contexts, from both political-philosophical and public policy standpoints. The overall aim is to look at how multiculturalism is presently understood and implemented (in policy or otherwise); and subsequently, to analyze the realized outcomes of multiculturalism policy in traditionally and non-traditionally viewed multi-ethnic nations.
Contributors are invited, but not limited, to explore the following themes:
- Advancing political-philosophical arguments of multiculturalism
- Examining the feasibility of multiculturalism (as public policy) in multi-ethnic contexts, notably in areas with little English-based academic attention (e.g. China, Malaysia, Brazil, Kenya, etc.)
- Analyzing the outcomes of multiculturalism. Does it promote employment equity for ethnic minorities? Does it promote social trust among various ethnic groups?
- Discussing the linkages/relationships between multiculturalism as political-philosophy and public policy
- Comparing multicultural realities between two or more nations. Providing a comparison between traditionally viewed (Australia, Singapore, UK, Canada) and non-traditionally viewed multi-ethnic nations is most welcomed.
- Exploring the future of multiculturalism. Is multiculturalism education needed? Can multiculturalism policy tangibly promote ‘ethnic harmony’? What are the lessons learned from the experience of multicultural policies? Can these lessons be applied to other non-traditionally viewed multicultural nations?
In general, all contributors are encouraged to think about whether multiculturalism, at its most basic level, is simply an excellent marketing strategy (designed to promote immigration; an effective tool to gain political capital; and/or, promote the illusion of ‘social harmony’)? Or does it actually provide the local ethnic population something that is tangibly valuable?
There are advanced discussions with a number of leading publishers in the field (notably, OUP, Palgrave Macmillan). They have indicated a preference for a good spread of international contributors and perspectives.
All accepted contributions (7,000 words) will have to be completed by 15 December 2007 and will follow a stringent peer review process thereafter; with a view for publication in late Spring, 2008.
To contribute to the collection, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short professional brief (less than 150 words) by 30 June 2007 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Cambridge
York University (Until Spring, 2007) Email: email@example.com
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