Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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426 pages
6 x 9 inches
August 2004
Print ISBN: 9781551302492


Multiculturalism and Immigration in Canada: An Introductory Reader offers a solid introduction to the history and development of the ideology of multiculturalism in Canada. This ideology, which has become the primary designator of Canadian society today, began in the early 1970s when vocal elements in the population who were neither English nor French responded strongly to the investigations of the Committee on Bilingualism and Biculturalism.

Given Canada's early racist tendencies, the establishment of multiculturalism was a remarkable shift in public thinking. Many issues associated with immigration have arisen in the public debates around multiculturalism. Some people are convinced that it is a pernicious ideology that enforces the ghettoization of those different from the mainstream.

Others see dangers in the way some aspects of multiculturalism are merely tokens of an all-inclusive society. Still others contend that the voices of ethnicities aside from those of the two charter groups — English and French — are scarcely heard, and that worse, those marginalized voices are appropriated by mainstream writers.

Table of Contents



1. The Historical Background
From The Contributions of Other Ethnic Groups, "Report of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, Book IV"

2. English-Canadian Opposition to Non-British Immigration
From The Calgary Herald, "The Character of Our Immigration," January 18, 1899

3. Racism in Early Canada
From Economic Prosperity in the British Empire
Stephen Leacock

4. Immigration and Canadian Anti-Semitism
From None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948
Irving Abella and Harold Troper

5. The Geneva Convention
From "Britain Calls for Revision of Geneva Convention on Asylum"
Julie Hyland, World Socialist Web Site

6. Canada's Immigration: The Ideological Background
From Planned Migration
William Peterson

7. Ethnicity and Social Class
From The Vertical Mosaic: An Analysis of Social Class and Power in Canada
John Porter

8. Immigration Policy in the Late 1960s
From Venture, "The Canadian Experience"
Freda Hawkins

9. Social Adjustment of Immigrants to Canada: 1940-1975
From Immigration and the Rise of Multiculturalism, "Social Adjustment"
Howard Palmer

10. Multiculturalism: Ideology, Policy and Reality
Evelyn Kallen

11. Aboriginal People and the Meech Lake Accord: Critical Perspectives
From The Meech Lake Primer, "What Are We? Chopped Liver?"
Tony Hall

12. The Ping-Pong Ethnic Politics of Contemporary Quebec
From Risking Utopia: On the Edge of a New Democracy
Irshad Manji

13. The Tolerant Society versus the Accepting Society
From Selling Illusions: The Cult of Multiculturalism in Canada
Neil Bissoondath

14. The Properties of Culture and the Possession of Identity: Postcolonial Struggle and the Legal Imagination
Rosemary J. Coombe

15. Ethnicity and Social Class Thirty Years after the Vertical Mosaic
From The Vertical Mosaic Revisited
Rick Helmes-Hayes and James Curtis

16. Belonging in a Multicultural Context
From Risking Utopia: On the Edge of a New Democracy
Irshad Manji

17. Residential Patterns in Cities
From Immigrant Canada: Demographic, Economic and Social Challenges
T.R. Balakrishnan and Feng Hou

18. The Social Construction of Immigrants
From Destination Canada: Immigration Debates and Issues
Peter Li

19. Immigration and Demographic Structures
From Immigrant Canada: Demographic, Economic and Social Challenges
Roderic P. Beaujot

20. Managing Immigrant Social Transformations
From Immigrant Canada: Demographic, Economic and Social Challenges
James S. Frideres

21. The Illusion of Multiculturalism
From Who Gets In? What's Wrong with Canada's Immigration Program - and How to Fix It
Daniel Stoffman

22. Immigration Policy: Imagined Futures
From Immigrant Canada: Demographic, Economic and Social Challenges
Alan B. Simmons


23. The Child Eventually Grows Up
Eva Tihanyi

24. From The Sacrifice
Adele Wiseman

25. A Class of New Canadians
From A North American Education
Clark Blaise

26. Road Building by Pick Axe
From Woman in the Woods
Joy Kogawa

27. "Griff!"
From When Women Rule
Austin C. Clarke

28. Swimming Lessons
From Tales from Firozsha Baag
Rohinton Mistry

29. On the Eve of Uncertain Tomorrows
From On the Eve of Uncertain Tomorrows
Neil Bissoondath

30. A Garden of Her Own
From Out on Main Street and Other Stories
Shani Mootoo

31. Jacob
From Stories of the Road Allowance People
Maria Campbell

32. From Diamond Grill
Fred Wah

33. On Social Suffering: Fatima's Story
From Politics and Poetics of Migration: Narratives of Iranian Women from the Diaspora
Parin Dossa


34. Ethnic Origin of the Canadian Population: 1971-1971
From Report of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, Book IV

35. Federal Multicultural Policy, House of Commons Debates, October 8, 1971
Pierre Elliott Trudeau

36. Canadian Multicultural Act, 1985
Department of Justice, Canada

37. Skilled Worker Self-Assessment
Immigration Canada

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