Finding Our Way: Rethinking Ethnocultural Relations in Canada

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byWill Kymlicka

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Many people today believe that ethnocultural politics in Canada are spiralling out of control, with ever more groups in society making ever greater demands. Finding Our Way offers a more balanced view. Will Kymlicka argues that the difficulties involved in accommodating ethnoculturaldiversity are not insurmountable, and that Canadians have an impressive range of experience and resources on which to draw in addressing them. A crucial part of his argument is the distinction between the ethnic groups formed by immigration and the 'nations within' constituted by the Quebecois andAboriginal peoples, whose existence predates that of the Canadian state. With respect to immigrant groups, he maintains that the 'multicultural' model of integration adopted by the federal government in 1971 has worked much better than is commonly thought, and can be adapted to new circumstances.The challenges of accommodating the self-government demands of national minorities are admittedly greater. Yet here too Kymlicka argues that we have all the experience we need: what we lack is the will to apply what we know. At a time when many Canadians appear to have lost confidence in ourability to work out fair and mutually beneficial solutions to ethnocultural conflicts, Finding Our Way makes an invaluable contribution to two critical national debates.

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Many people today believe that ethnocultural politics in Canada are spiralling out of control, with ever more groups in society making ever greater demands. Finding Our Way offers a more balanced view. Will Kymlicka argues that the difficulties involved in accommodating ethnoculturaldiversity are not insurmountable, and that Canadian...

Will Kymlicka received his B.A. in philosophy and politics from Queen's University in 1984, and his D.Phil in philosophy from Oxford University in 1987. Since then, he has had research fellowships at various universities in the United States (Princeton), Canada (Queen's; Toronto; Ottawa), and overseas (European University Institute). ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.02 inPublisher:Oxford University Press

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionPart One The Merits of Multiculturalism1. Setting the Record Straight2. Putting Multiculturalism into Perspective3. Renegotiating the Terms of Integration4. The Limits of Tolerance5. A Crossroads in Race Relations6. Can Multiculturalism Be Extended to Non-Ethnic Groups?7. Towards a More Representative Democracy8. A Truce in the Multiculturalism Wars?Part Two The Unhappy Marriage of Federalism and Nationalism9. Taking Nationalism Seriously10. Two Models of Federalism in Canada11. Papering Over the Differences12. Rethinking English Canada13. The Bonds of Social UnityConclusionAppendixNotesIndex

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"Will Kymlicka...with this volume has made yet another major contribution to our self-understanding. His voice is civil, moderate, appeals to the evidence and is intended as a contribution to the rigorous debate we have not had about multiculturalism and our multinational condition... This isa valuable book."--Canadian Journal of Political Science