From Multiculturalism to Hybridity: New Approaches to Teaching Switzerland places Switzerland within the context of transnational labor migration and examines how this German-, French-, Italian-, and Romansh-speaking nation is being transformed by the influx of migrants from all over the world who now constitute a fifth of the population. This dynamic mixture of cultures and races is embodied by a new generation of citizens who call themselves 'Secondas and Secondos,' the second generation. Today, Switzerland is leading all industrial nations in growth potential and economic benefits from migration (OECD). The articles in this volume analyze the challenges, successes, and ongoing struggles Switzerland experiences with migration, focusing specifically on what it means to shape a nation-state by political will rather than linguistic and cultural unity. From Multiculturalism to Hybridity also offers teaching suggestions for the French, German, and Italian language and literature classroom as well as for courses in Social, Cultural, and Political Studies. Articles address the hybrid literatures and cultures of Switzerland including films, pageants, smellscapes, and women s issues and place Switzerland in the context of a unifying European continent. Readers will find ideas and resources for critically investigating and teaching the concepts of cultural hybridity and transculturalism in the high school and college classroom.
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Karin Baumgartner received her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis and is Associate Professor for German literature at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She is the author of Public Voices: Political Discourse in the Writings of Caroline de la Motte Fouqué (2009) and numerous articles on political writing by women. In 2004, she won the Max Kade Award for best article in Austrian Literature. Margrit Zinggeler is a professor of German at Eastern Michigan University. She wrote a book about Swiss author Gertrud Leutenegger and the textbook GRIMMATIK, to teach German grammar through analysis of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. She presented papers and wrote articles on literary theory, second language acquisition, German and Swiss literature, and business language. She collaborates with Karin Baumgartner on the Swiss Studies Project swissstudies.org. She is the 2009 recipient of the Barbara Ort-Smith Award for her life-long contributions to language teaching. More recently, her research and publication agenda concentrate on the hybridization of Switzerland supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM) at University of Neuchâtel.Review:
'From Mulitculturalism to Hybridity: New Approaches to Teaching Switzerland presents a comprehensive, informed and well-researched overview of evolving developments and trends in life and culture in present-day Switzerland; it offers excellent practical advice and suggestions about constructing approaches for teaching aspects of the complexity of this small country which contains different languages and cultures within one political framework.' --Malcolm Pender, Emeritus Professor of German Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow
'Like a magnifying glass, this book shows today s new and multiple facets of Swiss plurality to readers willing to learn about this country. In doing so, the chapters in this book turn into a mirror for Switzerland itself, for the country to read its future. It is a perfect teaching tool, useful for both insiders and outsiders.' --Rosita Fibi, Senior Lecturer, University of Lausanne and Senior Researcher at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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