SMC315 Minority Culture Media

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St. Michael's College Courses
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Jennifer Harris

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SMC315 Monday, November 14, 2011 Minority Culture Media • little known about it academically • almost as little known about multiculturalism • growing debate in Canada on multiculturalism • Quebec: interculturalism • multiculturalism said to weaken social cohesion, blamed for radicalism and extremism, undermining Canadian values • federal government increasingly favours pluralism • definition of citizenship that are top-down rather than bottom-up • pluralism: treats individuals as equals in public sphere, acknowledge diversity • society no obligation to support alternative cultural forms • multiculturalism: states that public sphere is not neutral, no group should dominate in way that excludes other groups • encourages different cultures and considers individuals to be part of collectivities that provide meaning to their lives • interculturalism: how minority cultures fit with dominant Quebec culture • every four years Canada accepts one million immigrants • foreign-born population n
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