Out of the melting pot and into the fire

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Title Out of the melting pot and into the fire: an essay on Neil Bissoondath's book on multiculturalism
Author(s) Benet Davetian
Journal Canadian Ethnic Studies/Etudes Ethniques au Canada
Date 1994
Volume 26
Issue 3
Start page 135
End page 140
Abstract A review essay on a book by Neil Bissoondath, Selling Illusions (no publication information available [see listing in IRPS No. 84]). Bissoondath criticizes Canadian multicultural policy for creating a form of cultural apartheid. Here, a sociological perspective is drawn on to argue that multicultural policy is not the cause of the current incoherent diversity in Canada, but a symptom of it, or an attempt to prevent such a situation from arising. Territorial conflict between in- & outgroups is universal, especially when resources are limited & familiarity between groups is recent, as in Canada today. Immigrants should not be forced to assimilate, but should integrate. Successful mutual integration between immigrants & the host culture takes place with appreciation of adaptation difficulties & voluntary alienation, & communication in common languages. While arguing against multicultural policy, Bissoondath has triggered further functional debate, & contributed thoughtfully to the fight against racism & separatism. M. Pflum.

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