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Fethi Mansouri, Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, Eds. (Routledge Research in Comparative Politics), Routledge, 2014

Multiculturalism is now seen by many of its critics as the source of intercultural and social tensions, fostering communal segregation and social conflicts. While the cultural diversity of contemporary societies has to be acknowledged as an empirical and demographic fact, whether multiculturalism as a policy offers an optimal conduit for intercultural understanding and social harmony has become increasingly a matter of polarized public debate.

This book examines the contested philosophical foundations of multiculturalism and its, often controversial, applications in the context of migrant societies. It also explores the current theoretical debates about the extent to which multiculturalism, and related conceptual constructs, can account for the various ethical challenges and policy dilemmas surrounding the management of cultural diversity in our contemporary societies. The authors consider common conceptual and empirical features from a transnational perspective through analysis of the case studies of Australia, Canada, Columbia, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, comparative politics, international studies, multiculturalism, migration and political sociology.

Product Details
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Routledge (June 2 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415740304
ISBN-13: 978-0415740302

African and diaspora cultural studies series

Posted by lamacs On February - 18 - 2011

Memory is a slippery concept. When one considers how culture, history, and society overlap and intertwine, memory becomes a complex of the relations between these elements. If we consider the affects of global, transnational, and trans-disciplinary landscapes, add in the various forms of production, distribution, exhibition and consumption, the movement of memory becomes incredibly dynamic and at times, overwhelming.

We can see how this occurs within the redefinition and re-articulation of macro/micro cultural identities and citizenship within, across, and beyond the traditional, canonist conceptions of continent, nation, geopolitical space, and sociocultural identity (ethnicity, race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, etc.).
Thus the main field of study for this book series is the irresistible shifting landscapes of the traditional fields of studies in the humanities and social sciences. Specifically, the African and Diaspora Cultural Studies Series centers around the paradigms and geopolitical locations that are producing, contesting, and reproducing knowledge relevant to African issues and the Black Diaspora. Contact founders: Boulou Ebanda de B’béri (University of Ottawa); Keyan G. Tomaselli (University of KwaZulu Natal) and Handel K. Wright (University of British Columbia) for more detail.
The African and Diasporic Cultural Studies Series (ADCSS) is published by The University of Toronto Press. Contact the Acquisition Editor: Siobhan McMenemy

Les Cultural Studies dans les mondes francophones

Posted by lamacs On August - 10 - 2010

Boulou Ebanda de B’béri
Presses Université d’Ottawa, June 2010

Depuis trois décennies le monde anglo-saxon a considéré sérieusement les Cultural Studies comme une analyse des pratiques quotidiennes et de la production de sens.

Mais la production analytique en français dans cette discipline est restée presque absente. Les mondes francophones ont déjà vécu plusieurs événements qui auraient intéressé les Cultural Studies au XXIe siècle : les manifestations sociales de l’hiver 2006 et de l’automne 2007 en France, les mouvements migratoires d’Africains vers l’Europe et le débat sur « les accommodements raisonnables » au Québec entre autres. Pour tous ces événements, nous avions entendu s’élever plusieurs voix qui offraient des articulations généralistes de différentiation de nous à l’autre et des idiomes comme « ces gens-là », « les enfants issus d’immigration », « nous ne voulons pas accueillir la misère du monde » et bien d’autres. Read the rest of this entry »

DanceHall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Sonjah Stanley-Niaah
University of Ottawa Press, August 2010

DanceHall combines cultural geography, performance studies and cultural studies to examine performance culture across the Black Atlantic.

Taking Jamaican dancehall music as its prime example, DanceHall reveals a complex web of cultural practices, politics, rituals, philosophies, and survival strategies that link Caribbean, African and African diasporic performance.
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