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Cultural Challenges of Migration in Canada- Les défis culturels de la migration au Canada

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Edited By Klaus-Dieter Ertler and Patrick Imbert

What are the cultural challenges of migration in Canada in the context of «glocalization»? In what areas can we recognise the advent of a specific cultural dimension which, in turn, calls for the development of a model character within the global sphere linked to the knowledge-based society? These are some of the questions addressed by the texts published in this volume with regards not only to social sciences but also to meta-history, history, literature and the use of language.
Quels sont les défis culturels de la migration au Canada dans le contexte du « glocal » ? Peut-on observer dans certains domaines la genèse d’une culture issue du développement des phénomènes migratoires, et qui prendrait la place qui lui revient dans un monde global lié à la société des savoirs ? Les textes publiés ici fourniront des réponses à ces questions en se référant non seulement aux sciences sociales mais aussi à la métahistoire, à l’histoire, à la littérature et aux questions liées à l’utilisation de la langue.

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Migration is a factor, which has played a central role in the construction of a Canadian identity. Concepts such as multiculturalism, interculturalism and trans- culturalism are inextricably linked with phenomena pertaining to migration, and the effects of these phenomena have made themselves felt in Canada’s cultural dynamics. The question therefore arises as to which processes and channels of communication have been instrumental in transmitting these migratory dynam- ics, and in which form they have manifested themselves in Canadian everyday life and culture. What are the cultural challenges of migration in Canada in the context of “glocalization”? Which are the areas where a specific cultural dimen- sion has arisen which, in its turn, has acquired a model character within the global sphere linked to the knowledge-based society? These are some of the questions addressed by the texts published in this volume with regard not only to social sciences but to meta-history, history, literature and the use of language1. In this volume, social sciences are focused on indigenous peoples and immi- grants and their capacity to invent themselves in new social and economic con- texts. Taking the 2006 Census data as the basis for analysis, Gustave Gold- mann studies the educational, financial and family conditions of the First Na- tions and Métis people migrating to three major urban areas, Winnipeg, Edmon- ton and Vancouver in different age groups and compares them to the data for their non-aboriginal counterparts. Nobuhiro Kishigami focuses on the Inuit of Arctic Canada. He demonstrates that they...

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