The Intractable Relationship between the Concepts 'Integration' and 'Multiculturalism': About Conceptual Fluidity, (Substantive) Context Specificness and Fundamental Rights Perspectives
Challenges of Multiculturalism, p. 107, Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2013
18 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2013 Last revised: 22 Oct 2013
Date Written: 2013
In Europe ‘a backlash against multiculturalism’ is noted, often accompanied by the statement that this goes hand in hand with a ‘shift towards integration.’ These statements seem to proceed from the presupposition that it is crystal clear what these concepts mean and present them as embodying opposite realities. The following analysis will demonstrate that the relationship between these two concepts is actually rather intractable, which is inter alia related to their considerable conceptual fluidity and their substantive context specificness. The conceptual fluidity refers to the fact that these two concepts do not have just one meaning but that it means different things for different interlocutors, and have different connotations and implications in different countries.
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