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Assimilation and EmpireUniformity in French and British Colonies, 1541-1954$
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Saliha Belmessous

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579167.001.0001

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Assimilation in Post-colonial Societies

(p.205) Conclusion
Assimilation and Empire

Saliha Belmessous

Oxford University Press

The conclusion argues that failures, throughout European empires, to assimilate colonized peoples did not generate much scepticism concerning the assimilationist project. The politics of assimilation has remained a central ideology in Western democracies and even those who once promoted differentialism have, since the attacks of 11 September 2001, promoted uniformity to core values and behaviours. The conclusion explains how the quest for conformity is related to the legitimacy of the modern state and the never-ending pursuit of perfection.

Keywords:   post-colonialism, western democracies, multiculturalism, globalization, uniformity, islamophobia

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