From multiculturalism to post-multiculturalism: Trends and paradoxes

Lehenengo argitaratze data: 2018/04/18

Dorota A. Gozdecka
University of Helsinki, Finland
Australian National University, Australia

Selen A. Ercan
University of Canberra, Australia

Magdalena Kmak
University of Helsinki, Finland



In recent years, multiculturalism has been declared a failure both in Europe and the Anglophone West. This diagnosis went hand in hand with an excessive focus on gendered cultural practices in culturally diverse societies, such as forced marriages or ‘honour killings’; the raise of anti-immigration political movements and the adoption of stricter legal rules in the areas of immigration and citizenship. This article aims to capture the legal, social and political responses to ‘failed’ multiculturalism under the banner of post-multiculturalism. In doing so, it identifies the major shifts that characterises post-multiculturalism and discusses their implications particularly for the citizens of Europe and various ‘others’. A close analysis of the recent shifts in the areas of rights, migration law and policy debates in various culturally diverse societies reveal that postmulticulturalism reinforces rather than counteracts the problematic features of multiculturalism.
Drawing on the insights suggested by the literature on neo-liberal governmentality, the article points out the paradoxes of post-multiculturalism and their implications for culturally different Others.



multiculturalism, neoliberal governmentality, post-multiculturalism, racism