Immigration and Ethnic Conflict reviews the experience of post-industrial countries that have experienced large-scale movements of population since the Second World War, creating ethnically diverse multicultural societies in a context of rapid ecomic, techlogical and social change. The book uses a critical theoretical approach which emphasises the dynamic nature of the structural changes which have taken place and the interdependence of ecomic, political, social and psychological factors. The results of extensive comparative studies of Britain, Canada and Australia are reviewed, with special attention to questions of immigrant adaptation, refugees, racism, unemployment, ethnic nationalism and social conflict. Traditional views of immigrant assimilation are rejected in favour of one which treats immigrants and ethnic mirities as the catalysts of change in a global polity, ecomy and society, simultaneously united and divided by satellite communications, nuclear terror and the world population explosion.
ANTHONY H. RICHMOND is Professor of Sociology at York University, Toronto. He has taught at the University of Edinburgh and the Bristol College of Science and Technology (now the University of Bath) and has held visiting appointments at the University of British Columbia, the University of Sussex, the Australian National University, the University College of North Wales, and St Antony's College, Oxford. He is the author of Colour Prejudice in Britain, The Colour Problem, Postwar Immigrants in Canada, Migration and Race Relations in an English City and (with W.E.Kalbach) Adjustment of Immigrants and their Descendants.