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Ethnicity, Structured Inequality, and the State in Canada and the Federal Republic of Germany


Robin Ostow, Jürgen Fijalkowski, Y. Michael Bodemann and Hans Merkens

This volume focuses on the reshaping of ethnicity in Berlin and Toronto that resulted from the economic stagnation, industrial restructuring, and return to conservative government in Canada and the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1980s. It addresses a broad range of issues crystalizing around ethnicity, inequality, and the state. It approaches these problems using such diverse methods as systems theory, questionnaires, interviews, various quantitative measures, and historical analysis. Ethnicity is discussed as it functions at the workplace, in the family, in neighborhoods, in immigrant and other organizations, and in the immigrants' relation to the state through its mediating bureaucracies.
Contents: Cultural autonomy of ethnic enclaves in Canada and its problems - Is the Canadian multiculturalism a realistic solution for Germany? - Canadian multiculturalism in German cities as for instance in Berlin.