A ‘Magpie Society’? from ‘Assimilation’ To ‘Integration’ In Britain and France

R. D. Grillo

in Pluralism and the Politics of Difference

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294269
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599378 | DOI:
 A ‘Magpie Society’? from ‘Assimilation’ To ‘Integration’ In Britain and France

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Like the US, Britain and France have had a shared concern with the assimilability of peoples of immigrant origin. Although there are important differences between them, in the last decades of the twentieth century all three abandoned policies of out‐and‐out assimilation and espoused more pluralistic solutions described variously as ‘integration’, ‘insertion’, or ‘multiculturalism’. The impact from c. 1960 onwards of immigrants from the so‐called ‘New Commonwealth’ was addressed in Britain through a legislation controlling entry, redefining British nationality; outlawing racial discrimination; and introducing anti‐racist and multicultural policies and practices, especially in education. Designed to combat what were seen to be outstanding problems of day‐to‐day living in contemporary multicultural Britain, they represented a coming to terms with the end of empire.

Keywords: anti‐racism; assimilation; Britain; British nationality; France; immigration; multiculturalism; New Commonwealth; pluralism; racial discrimination

Chapter.  10067 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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