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New Citizens, New Policies?
Developments in Diversity Policy in Canada and Flanders
Leen d'Haenens, ed.; Marc Hooghe, ed.; Dirk Vanheule, ed.; Hasibe Gezduci, ed.

2006 • 230 pp. 6 1/4 x 9 1/2"
Political Science & Government

$30.00 Paperback, 978-90-382-1021-6

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This book sheds light on the policies pursued by the authorities in Canada and Flanders in terms of their expectations of ‘newcomers’.

Given the present context of globalization, societies are becoming less and less homogeneous and therefore more and more complex and diverse. As a result, different systems of values come into contact and, in spite of not always matching on all points, need to be made to connect if we are to achieve an ‘inclusive’ society. In addition, however, the increasing degree of diversity affects the identity of the various societies in Europe, who today find it less meaningful to cite the concept of the homogeneous nation-state than they did in the

This book addresses specific ‘hot’ issues now plaguing our complex pluralist societies. In particular, it sheds light on the policies pursued by the authorities in Canada and Flanders. These two distinct geographic regions, with different points of departure and with distinct social and political climates, are adopting diversity policies which by and large, and allowing for similarities as well as dissimilarities, have the same expectations of ‘newcomers’: coping abilities, personal responsibility and active citizenship. What do
governments offer in return and what are their motives? To what extent have governments been successful as inclusive society builders? How can they formulate a connective policy to meet the challenges posed by a number of intractable problems?

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