The New Dynamics of Identity Politics in the Americas: Multiculturalism and Beyond

1st Edition

Olaf Kaltmeier, Sebastian Thies, Josef Raab

Routledge
Published July 23, 2015
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9781138953734 - CAT# Y206464

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Summary

Multiculturalism has shaped identity politics in the Americas over the past decades, as illustrated by politics of recognition, affirmative action, and increasing numbers of internationally recognized cultural productions by members of ethnic minorities. Hinting at postcolonial legacies in political rhetoric and practice multiculturalism has also served as a driving force behind social movements in the Americas. Nevertheless, in current academic discussions and public debates on migration, globalization and identity politics, concepts like new ethnicities, ethnic groupism, creolization, hybridity, mestizaje, diasporas, and "post-ethnicity" articulate positionings that are profoundly changing our understanding of "multiculturalism." Combining theoretical reflections with case studies the aim of this book is to demonstrate the current dynamics of (post-) multicultural politics in the Americas.

This book was based on a special issue of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.

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