Accommodating Diversity

Accommodating Diversity : National Policies That Prevent Ethnic Conflict

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Part social policy analysis and part intellectual autobiography, Accommodating Diversity mines the world's most troubling incidences of racial and ethnic conflict in order to find national policies that defuse the strains of cohabitation and encourage true reconciliation. Debunking the notion that conflict is inevitable when dominant and minority communities cohabit, Irwin Deutscher looks at five successful policies, from Swedish legislation dealing with immigrant education to the Chieftaincy act in Ghana, as he examines the possibilities for successful and harmonious intergroup relations. Deutscher concludes that the pursuit of a benign pluralist policy leads ultimately to assimilation, providing a political solution which satisfies the champions of both diversity and unity. With its problem solving focus, study questions, and introductory essays to each section that place the material within sociological theory, this book is an ideal supplement for courses in race, ethnicity, and social more

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  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 157.5 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 385.56g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739104578
  • 9780739104576

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Like all of Deutscher's writings, Accommodating Diversity is thoughtful, sensible, and lively. -- Herbert J. Gans, Robert S. Lynd Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Columbia University; author of Making Sense of America Accomodating Diversity makes good reading. Well written, fluent, and never boring, it addresses serious issues in a serious manner. -- Rita Sever, Hebrew University In Accommodating Diversity, Irwin Deutscher has produced a wide-ranging book dealing with ethnic strife and public policy from around the world. All those interested in the pursuit of human rights will find that this book provides tremendous insight and leadership. -- John F. Galliher, Missouri University-Columbiashow more

About Irwin Deutscher

Irwin Deutscher is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Akron. He is the author or coauthor of six book and numerous scholarly articles. Among his many awards is the Distinguished Career award from the American Sociological more

Table of contents

Part 1 The Problem Chapter 2 The Beginning: Abe Lincoln in India and a Pair of Hungarians in Ottawa Chapter 3 Democracy and Its Downside Chapter 4 The Invention of Race and Ethnicity and Its Many Consequences Chapter 5 Identities: Ethnic and Otherwise Chapter 6 Ethnic Renewal: Italian-Americans, Bosnian Muslims, and Native Americans Chapter 7 Reporters for the Daily Press: A Woldwide Network of Research Assistants Part 8 Toward Solutions: From Time to Time and Place to Place Chapter 9 Backdrop and Precursors Chapter 10 The Enclave Solution in Switzerland and Ghana Chapter 11 The Immigrant Solution in Sweden, Canada, and Australia Chapter 12 Sojourner Finns, Israelis, and Greeks and Also the Unfashionable Solution of Partition (India, No! Czechoslovakia, Yes!) Chapter 13 Leave Vengeance to the Lord: One Tough But Grand Solution Part 14 Over the Horizon Chapter 15 Beyond National Policies Chapter 16 Assimilation and Pluralism: An Outmoded Distinction? Chapter 17 The End: Values, Politics, and Assimilationshow more

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