Europe's Established and Emerging Immigrant Communities

Assimilation, Multiculturalism or Integration

December 2009
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    23rd December 2009
  • ISBN 9781858564661
  • Language English
  • Pages 244 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.75"

Europe is not what it used to be, and not yet what it will be. The assassination of Theo van Gogh in November 2004, the 2001 riots in the Northern cities of England, the riots in France in November 2005 and the incident of the Danish Cartoons in 2005 are all manifestations of mainstream Europe’s struggle to reconfigure itself. The rapidly changing demographics, especially after post World War Two immigration, have led to what has been called a "European identity crisis".

This has raised significant social, political, economic, security and cultural questions over how "established" and emerging immigrant communities are managed—even though some in these communities hold citizenship in European countries.

This book brings leading writers in their fields to explore a range of issues concerning Europe’s established and emerging immigrant communities: religion, health, housing, refugees and asylum seekers, working in post-conflict ethnic zones, community cohesion in rural areas, security, Gypsies and Travellers. The first part of the book looks at such topics across Europe while the second explores specific issues using the UK as a microcosm.

Readers will find a wide range of perspectives based on empirical research and grounded in critical analyses, as well as responses to the new challenges confronting Europe. The strength of the book lies in its timeliness and wide appeal: it is essential reading for social science courses including community development, sociology, politics, social policy, diversity, health, education and international development at both undergraduate and post graduate level. And policy makers and practitioners will treasure the book’s historical and contemporary insights into how the geography of Europe has been shaped and how policies continue to be largely focused on the racialization of people.

"While the chapters focused on Britain are especially noteworthy, the book's chief value lies in its cataloging of the harsh experiences of immigrants and migrants and of nonwhite peoples in general... Summing Up: Recommended."

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Foreword – Vivien Lowndes
1) Introduction – Momodou Sallah and Carlton Howson
2) Dawn of a New Europe: Addressing ‘Otherness’ – Momodou Sallah
3) Muslims and European Policies: The Way Forward – Tariq Ramadan
4) New Developments for the Welfare of Migrants in Europe – Mark R.D. Johnson
5) Sickle Cell: A Signifier for a New Europe – Simon Dyson
6) Restriction vs Liberalism: The Rupture Between Asylum and Integration in the EU – Jenny Phillimore
7) Identities and Belonging: A Comparative Study of Somali Refugee and Asylum Seekers Living in the UK and Denmark – Gill Valentine, Deborah Sporton and Katrine Bang Nielsen
8) ‘Until Yesterday We Lived Together – Do Juce Smo Zivjeli Zajedno’: Youth and Community Development in Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina – Alan Grattan, Marina Zhunich and Martin McMullan
9) Housing and Community Cohesion in Rural Areas – Tim Brown
10) Policing Experiences and Perceptions of New Communities in Britain – Perry Stanislas
11) Crabs in a Barrel: Race, Class and Widening Participation – Carlton Howson
12) A Multiculturalist Approach for Gypsies and Travellers? How the Lack of Site Provision Engenders Conflict and Promotes Assimilation – Joanna Richardson
13) Community Cohesion, the ‘Death of Multiculturalism’ and Work with Young People – Paul Thomas

Carlton Howson

Carlton Howson

Momodou Sallah

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