Accommodating ethnic diversity is a major challenge for all democratic nations and a topic that has attracted a great deal of attention in the last few decades. Within Quebec, a new approach has emerged that seeks a balance between the needs of minorities and those of the majority. In Interculturalism, sociologist and historian Gerard Bouchard presents his vision of interculturalism as a model for the management of diversity. A pluralist approach which recognizes the existence of a cultural majority whose rights must also be acknowledged, interculturalism constitutes an important alternative to multiculturalism both in Canada and internationally. Written by one of Quebec's leading public intellectuals and the co-chair of the Bouchard-Taylor Commission on reasonable accommodation, Interculturalism is the first clear and comprehensive statement in English of an approach being discussed around the world. A translation of Bouchard's award-winning French-language work, L'Interculturalisme: Un point de vue quebecois, this book features a new foreword by philosopher Charles Taylor and an afterword by the author written specifically for the English-language edition.
Gerard Bouchard is a professor in the Department of Human Sciences at the Universit du Qu bec Chicoutimi. He is a past winner of the Governor General's Award as well as the John A. Macdonald Prize. Howard Scott is a Montreal translator and past winner of the Governor General's Award for translation.
Foreword by Charles Taylor Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Conditions and Foundations of Quebec Interculturalism 2. Quebec Interculturalism: A Definition 3. Interculturalism and Multiculturalism 4. Criticism and Defence of Interculturalism 5. For an Inclusive Secularism Conclusion Afterword Notes References Index