Multiculturalism in Germany: Local Management of Immigrants' Social Inclusion

Frank-Olaf Radtke

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Abstract

The following case study of the City of Frankfurt am Main reports on the experience with an Office for Multicultural Affairs (OMCA) which was established in 1989 to reshape the city's administration. Introducing elements both from a theory of the welfare state and from organisation theory, the paper argues that the adoption of a programme of "multiculturalism" (MC) as an instrument of governance and inclusion management is not an moral question but a pragmatic decision of the administration. Multiculturalism is either used or rejected according to the context-dependent contingencies of an organisation's own rational considerations. In the process of adoption, the MC programme is transformed into internally relevant information. Several examples show that the transformation is highly selective, changes the make-up of MC, and may even turn the concept on its head.

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Radtke, Frank-Olaf. Multiculturalism in Germany: Local Management of Immigrants' Social Inclusion. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2003, vol. 5, no.1, pp. 55-76. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol5/issue1/art4

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