ABSTRACT

This chapter clarifies and justifies one important claim in the multicultural debate namely that multiculturalism offers immigrants full citizenship on terms that are morally distinctive and cogent. The substitution of 'integration' for 'assimilation' as the name of the morally preferred avenue for immigrants into receiving societies became widespread during the late twentieth century. The integration that liberals espouse protects no one against cultural loss. The integration of immigrants is usefully regarded as a subclass within a wider category that has to do with incorporating newcomers into existing cooperative ventures of some kind. The demands for accommodation by ethnic minorities have animated multicultural politics from its beginnings. They were spurred by the experience of subordination under the particular ideology of civic incorporation that prevailed in Anglophone settler societies during the nineteenth and for much of the twentieth centuries.