Integration and Multiculturalism: Ways towards social Solidarity

  • John W. Berry Queen's University


The first two parts of the paper lay out some background ideas about the nature of plural societies, and about the various ways that groups and inviduals engage interculturally within them (see Berry, 2007, for more detail). The third part  examines more closely the meaning of integration and multiculturalism, using concepts and findings from cross-cultural and social psychology. A final section considers the possibility of rooting social solidarity on these concepts.

Author Biography

John W. Berry, Queen's University

JOHN W. BERRY (PhD., University of Edinburgh) is Professor Emeritus of Psychology
at Queen's University, Canada. He received Honorary Doctorates from the University of
Athens, and Université de Geneve (2001). He has published over 30 books in the areas of
cross-cultural, social and cognitive psychology with various colleagues. These include a
textbook (Cross-Cultural Psychology: Research and Applications, 3rd edition, Cambridge
University Press, 2011; Handbook of Acculturation Psychology, Cambridge, 2006; and
Immigrant Youth in Cultural Transition, 2006, LEA). He is a Fellow of the Canadian
Psychological Association, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the
International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, and the International Academy
for Intercultural Research, from which he received a Lifetime Contribution Award (in
2005). His main research interests are in the areas of acculturation and intercultural
relations, with an emphasis on applications to immigration, educational and health policy.