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Imagined societies : a critique of immigrant integration in Western Europe / Willem Schinkel (Erasmus University Rotterdam).
Schinkel, Willem, 1976-
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
vii, 271 pages ; 24 cm
Emigration and immigration
"In many countries in Western Europe, the demand for immigrant integration has inevitably raised questions about the "societies" into which immigrants are asked to integrate. Imagined Societies critically intervenes in debates on immigrant integration and multiculturalism in Western Europe. Schinkel argues that the term "multiculturalism" is not used primarily to describe a type of policy or political philosophy in countries such as the Netherlands, France, Germany or Belgium, but rather as a rhetorical device that promotes demands for "integration". He analyses how such demands are ways of imagining the very idea of a "host society" as "modern", "secular" and "enlightened". Starting from debates in social theory on social imaginaries, and drawing on public debates on citizenship, secularism and sexuality, and on the social science of measuring immigrant integration, this book presents a highly original study of immigrant integration that challenges our understanding of the concept of society"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-259) and index.
Immigrant integration imaginaries in Western Europe -- Imagining society : social theory and/as social imagination -- Measuring society: moral monitoring and the social science of "immigrant integration" -- Transformations of racism : the rise of culturism -- Traditionally modern : contemporary frameworks of sexuality and religion -- The uses of citizenship -- Social science : between moral monitoring and public sociology.
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Imagined societies : a critique of immigrant integration in Western Europe / Willem Schinkel, Erasmus University Rotterdam.