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Diversity in Decline?

The Rise of the Political Right and the Fate of Multiculturalism

Benefits

  • Highlights major logical inconsistencies between the ideological positions and philosophies of the right and far-right on the one hand, and multiculturalism, on the other

  • Takes a “step-by-step” comparison of three cases – Canada, Britain and the United States – each of which shows evidence of multiculturalism’s retreat as well as its survival following recent ideological shifts to the right

  • Presents evidence of both multiculturalism’s retreat as well as its survival following shifts to the right in government

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About this book

Introduction

In this book, Arjun Tremblay considers the future of multiculturalism, contextualised within an ideological and political shift to the right. Is there any hope that multiculturalism will survive alongside the rise of the political right across democracies? How can policy makers continue to recognize and to accommodate minorities in an increasingly inhospitable ideological environment?

Based on evidence from three cases studies, Tremblay develops a hypothesis of multicultural outcomes, arguing that while the threat to multiculturalism is real, there still is hope, and that not only is the fate of minority rights in liberal democracies far from sealed, but it may still be possible to further protect the rights of immigrant and other minority groups in years to come. In order to do this, proponents of diversity politics may need to reconceptualise multiculturalism and other minority rights along instrumental lines as a means to fulfil policy objectives above and beyond the recognition and accommodation of immigrant minorities. This will be an important read for scholars interested in minority rights, multiculturalism, diversity politics, comparative politics, institutionalism, right-wing and far-right studies, and public policy.

Keywords

liberal democracies minority politics immigration multiculturalism's survival right-wing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of ReginaReginaCanada

About the authors

Arjun Tremblay is Assistant Professor, University of Regina, Canada.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Diversity in Decline?
  • Book Subtitle The Rise of the Political Right and the Fate of Multiculturalism
  • Authors Arjun Tremblay
  • Series Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02299-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-02298-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-02299-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 271
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Sociology
    Sociology of Citizenship
    Social Justice, Equality and Human Rights
    Public Policy
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