Interculturalism: A View from Quebec

Interculturalism: A View from Quebec


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Accommodating ethnic diversity is a major challenge for all democratic nations and a topic that has attracted a great deal of attention in the last few decades. Within Quebec, a new approach has emerged that seeks a balance between the needs of minorities and those of the majority.

In Interculturalism, sociologist and historian Gérard Bouchard presents his vision of interculturalism as a model for the management of diversity. A pluralist approach which recognizes the existence of a cultural majority whose rights must also be acknowledged, interculturalism constitutes an important alternative to multiculturalism both in Canada and internationally. Written by one of Quebec’s leading public intellectuals and the co-chair of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on reasonable accommodation, Interculturalism is the first clear and comprehensive statement in English of an approach being discussed around the world.

A translation of Bouchard’s award-winning French-language work, L’Interculturalisme: Un point de vue québécois, this book features a new foreword by philosopher Charles Taylor and an afterword by the author written specifically for the English-language edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442647763
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 01/19/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Gérard Bouchard is a professor in the Department of Human Sciences at the Université du Québec Á Chicoutimi. He is a past winner of the Governor General's Award as well as the John A. Macdonald Prize.

Howard Scott and Phyllis Aronoff won the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for their translation of Descent into Night by Edem Awumey.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Charles Taylor



1. Conditions and Foundations of Quebec Interculturalism

2. Quebec Interculturalism: A Definition

3. Interculturalism and Multiculturalism

4. Criticism and Defence of Interculturalism

5. For an Inclusive Secularism






What People are Saying About This

Frank Lechner

Interculturalism is a serious work of public scholarship, addressing a hot topic in Quebec from a distinctive standpoint. Bouchard makes a passionate case for ‘interculturalism’ as a sensible solution to the problems of ethnic diversity, an issue that concerns all developed countries.”

Elke Winter

“Interesting, well-crafted, and accessible to a wide audience, Interculturalism makes an important contribution to the current debates on the integration of ethnocultural and religious diversity, particularly in Quebec but also in the rest of Canada and in other Western countries.”

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