Diversity and Homogeneity in a “Multicultural Society”: A Critique of the Pervasive Picture of Collective Identities

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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title Diversity and Homogeneity in a “Multicultural Society”: A Critique of the Pervasive Picture of Collective Identities
Author(s) Nilsson, Magnus
Date 2009
English abstract
In this paper I argue that the hegemonic Swedish discourse about the so-called multicultural society is centred on an opposition between a culturally homogenous past and a present, which, because of migration, has become culturally diverse. My aim is to analyze (drawing on Walter Benn Michaels’ and Nancy Fraser’s analyses of the epoch of “posthistoricism” and “the postsocialist condition” respectively) how diversity and homogeneity are conceptualized within this discourse, and to propose an alternative way of understanding these phenomena. My argument is that both societal homogeneity and diversity must be understood from a “transformative” perspective on collective identities. I also want to argue that such a perspective must supersede the deconstructivist approach associated with poststructuralism. As an alternative I propose Toril Moi’s critique of “the pervasive picture” of identities. My main examples will come from literary criticism of popular fiction thematizing the so-called multicultural society, but these examples will be considered metonymic for the hegemonic discourse about multiculturalism.
Link http://org.uib.no/imer/14Nordic/index.htm (external link to publication)
Publisher International Migration & Ethnic Relations Research Unit at the Univeristy of Bergen
Pages 10
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) social cohesion
ethnicity
Nancy Fraser
Walter Benn Michaels
immigrant literature
minority literature
Toril Moi
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Ethnicity
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Literature
Note 14 Nordic Migration Researchers' Conference, 14-16 November 2007 in Bergen, Norway.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/7963 (link to this page)

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