Diversity - a new mode of incorporation?

  • Thomas Faist
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Lately, cultural diversity in Western societies has, in terms of religions,
languages, ethnic we-groups, transnational ties, and countries of origin,
once more undergone immense growth. Modes of migrant incorporation
reflect endeavours to respond to this change.While some approaches such
as assimilation and multiculturalism emphasize the social integration of
migrants in the host societies, the vague term `diversity' harbours
innovative measures in two respects. First, diversity addresses not only
the incorporation of migrants, but also how societies and particularly
their organizations deal with cultural pluralism. Second, diversity can
then be understood both as an individual competence of migrants as
members of organizations and the civil sphere, and as a set of
programmes which organizations adopt to address cultural pluralism.
Also, novel forms of diversity have emerged, such as transnationality. Yet
in the absence of a rights-based foundation the question arises of how
social inequality can be dealt with.

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  • Diversity;Transnationalism;assimilation;Multicultu

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