IMISCOE is proud to announce the publication of a new issue of the journal Comparative Migration Studies. Based on a lead article by Will Kymlicka on Solidarity in diverse societies: beyond neoliberal multiculturalism and welfare chauvinism, this special issue hosts a conversation between leading scholars from various disciplines and perspectives on the relation between immigration, welfare state, cultural diversity and nationhood.

The aim of the issue, that is now in our library, is not so much to take a specific position or to showcase conclusive empirical research regarding the ‘progressive’s dilemma’, but rather to represent a wide spectrum of views among scholars all of whom take the dilemma seriously even if they disagree about its precise content. The focal point of the discussion is a lead article by Will Kymlicka that takes a clear position regarding the progressive’s dilemma. Subsequently, various scholars reflect on Kymlicka’s contribution in a brief commentary. This debate includes responses from the perspective of comparative study of democracy (Hanspeter Kriesi), sociology of migration (Godfried Engbersen, Adrian Favell), political theory (Rainer Bauböck), political sociology (Irene Bloemraad), multiculturalist theory (Nasar Meer) and cultural anthropology (Nina Glick Schiller). Finally, the special issue also includes a rejoinder to the responses by Will Kymlicka.

Contents

Introduction to the special issue: “Solidarity in diverse societies: beyond neoliberal multiculturalism and welfare chauvinism”
Rainer Bauböck and Peter Scholten

Solidarity in diverse societies: beyond neoliberal multiculturalism and welfare chauvinism
Will Kymlicka

Solidarity in Diverse Societies: Nationhood, Immigration and the Welfare State: Comment on Will Kymlicka’s article: “Solidarity in Diverse Societies”
Rainer Bauböck

The Question of Solidarity and Society: Comment on Will Kymlicka’s article: “Solidarity in Diverse Societies”
Nina Glick Schiller

Definitional Debates, Mechanisms and Canada: Comment on Will Kymlicka’s article: “Solidarity in Diverse Societies”
Irene Bloemraad

The ties that blind us - the hidden assumptions in the ‘new progressive’s dilemma’: Comment on Will Kymlicka’s article: “Solidarity in Diverse Societies”
Nasar Meer

Enlightened Understanding, Empowerment and Leadership - Three Ways to Enhance Multiculturalism: Comment on Will Kymlicka’s article: “Solidarity in Diverse Societies”
Hanspeter Kriesi

Floating populations, civic stratification and solidarity: Comment on Will Kymlicka’s article: “Solidarity in Diverse Societies”
Godfried Engbersen

Rejoinder from sociability to solidarity: reply to commentators
Will Kymlicka