Politics of Identity: Migrants and Minorities in by Robert Hudson, Fred Reno

By Robert Hudson, Fred Reno

Through the research of examples taken from the US, the Caribbean and Western and East-Central Europe, this booklet addresses one of many maximum demanding situations for the instant destiny: the influence of migration, displacement and minority cultures and peoples in the house of bigger multicultural states. The booklet specializes in the innovations of inclusion and exclusion and the techniques of ethnic self-identification, cultural traditions in host nations, ethnic stereotyping and inter-ethnic communications and tensions.

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18 Justin Daniel It is socially constructed and reconstructed in line with different and multiple influences and changes which affect individuals’ conditions of life, and hence prevents any reduction of their identity to an objectified vision which could lead to an assimilation to say the least threatening to the island reality, and at the same time render incomprehensible the tensions between the two ‘worlds’, which remain clearly distinct from each other despite their broadly common cultural framework.

The collaboration of ethnic minorities does not prevent mutual respect for differences. Another consequence of this strategy for integra- 36 Fred Réno tion has been the percentage of jobs in the public sector proportional to the demographic strength of the communities. Priority was given to qualified members of the ethnic minorities who were underrepresented. Bernie Grant noted that there were 45 per cent of ‘minorities’ in his area and decided that an equivalent percentage of jobs in the public sector should be had by employees from the minorities.

He considered that there was a need for recognition of the weight which could be carried by the people originating from the DOM-TOMs resident there. Which meant, according to him, that our compatriots should be aware that they are citizens and that consequently, they have rights and obligations. ’11 The French attitude is far from equalling the commitment of the British or that of the Caribbean people in the Netherlands. The first forms of mobilization by people from Dutch dependencies took place a long time ago.

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