Toward A Multicultural Society?

William A. Barbieri

in The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199237395
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743917 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Toward A Multicultural Society?

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This article traces the multicultural German society that gradually came over after the reunification. In hosting the World Cup of 2006, Germany presented a new face to the world. The widely circulated image of the Afro-German footballer Gerald Asamoah in the publicity campaign ‘Du bist Deutschland’ advertised a Germany comfortable with its diversity and optimistic about its future prospects. The new German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, declared it time to relinquish the failed utopian dream of the multicultural society. These two snapshots reflect some of the divergent sensibilities and political forces in play as German society kicked off the twenty-first century amidst controversies over how best to come to terms with the ethnic diversity bequeathed by the ‘guest worker’ policies and various other migrations of the previous fifty years. This article further elaborates upon the conceptions of multiculturalism and the ideal and dialectics of the multicultural German society.

Keywords: society; multicultural society; diversity; dialectics; multiculturalism

Article.  9553 words. 

Subjects: European History

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