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Multiculturalism, Identity and Difference

Experiences of Culture Contact


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Elke Murdock
    Pages 1-11
  3. Elke Murdock
    Pages 13-63
  4. Elke Murdock
    Pages 65-135
  5. Elke Murdock
    Pages 137-187
  6. Elke Murdock
    Pages 247-316
  7. Elke Murdock
    Pages 317-336
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 337-345

About this book


Multicultural societies are a phenomenon that can be increasingly observed worldwide. This book focuses on the question of how individuals living within a multicultural society experience the meeting of cultures. Murdock combines both a thorough review of the theoretical body of research concerning multiculturalism and related concepts such as globalization, acculturation and biculturalism with specific empirical research evidence, providing new insights into factors which shape our openness towards a plurally composed society. Multiculturalism, Identity and Difference contains original research conducted within the ‘natural laboratory’ that multilingual, multicultural Luxembourg provides. This is a country where the foreign population makes up nearly half of the total population. In the era of globalization, culture contact is a daily occurrence and this book makes a contribution to the questions of if and how culture contact can be experienced as an opportunity rather than a threat by individuals.



psychology Diversity Ethnic Identity Acculturation Intercultural competence Luxembourg globalization Bilingualism biculturalism society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LuxembourgEsch-sur-AlzetteLuxembourg

About the authors

Elke Murdock is Research Associate at the interdisciplinary Integrative Research Unit on Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) at the University of Luxembourg. She also lectures at the International School of Management (ISM), Cologne, Germany.  Her research interests include multiculturalism, understanding of nationality, identity construal processes, acculturation, biculturalism and all facets of (cross-) cultural psychology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Multiculturalism, Identity and Difference
  • Book Subtitle Experiences of Culture Contact
  • Authors Elke Murdock
  • Series Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59678-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95560-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59679-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 345
  • Number of Illustrations 29 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    Cross Cultural Psychology
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