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The world in a city
Anisef, Paul.
Publication Information:
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
viii, 543 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Immigration and the accommodation of diversity / Paul Anisef, Michael Lanphier -- Becoming an immigrant city: a history of immigration into Toronto since the Second World War / Harold Troper -- Immigrants in the Greater Toronto area: a sociodemographic overview / Clifford Jansen, Lawrence Lam -- Towards a comfortable neighbourhood and appropriate housing: immigrant experiences in Toronto / Robert A. Murdie, Carlos Teixeira -- Immigrants' economic status in Toronto: stories of triumph and disappointment / Valerie Preston, Lucia Lo, Shuguang Wang -- Immigrant students and schooling in Toronto, 1960s to 1990s / Carl E. James, Barbara Burnaby -- Diversity and immigrant health / Samuel Noh, Violent Kaspar -- Images of integrating diversity: a photographic essay / Gabrielle Scardellato -- Integrating community diversity in Toronto: on whose terms? / Myer Siemiatycki, Tim Rees, Roxana Ng, Kahn Rahi -- World in a city: a view from policy / Meyer Burstein, Howard Duncan -- Epilogue: Blockages to opportunity / Michael Lanphier, Paul Anisef.

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Toronto is perhaps the most multicultural city in the world. The process of settlement and integration in modern-day Toronto is, however, more difficult for recent immigrants than it was for those newcomers arriving in previous decades. Many challenges face newly settled immigrants, top among them access to healthcare, education, employment, housing, and other economic and community services. The concept of social exclusion opens up promising ways to analyze the various challenges facing newcomers and The World in a City explores Toronto's ability to sustain a civic society.

This collection of essays highlights why the need to pay more attention to certain at-risk groups, and the importance of adapting policy to fit the changing settlement and clustering patterns of newcomers is of crucial importance. The authors' findings demonstrate that there are many obstacles to providing opportunity for immigrants, low resource bases in particular. Toronto, they suggest, does not provide a level 'playing field' for its newly arrived inhabitants, and, in failing to recognize the particular needs of new communities, fails to ensure a growth that would be of immense benefit to the city as a whole.

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This book is about Toronto--extremely multicultural, ethnic, and racial in composition at this century's beginning. In 1900, Toronto was as WASP as a city could be, with open prejudices. One hundred years later, 42 percent of its inhabitants were foreign born, and prejudice is no longer obvious. A central theme of these essays, most by social science academics in Ontario, is Toronto's struggles in carrying out a changing federal policy on which it has had little input. Studies of immigrant communities across Canada abound, all dealing with various issues and set on gendered, racial, or ethnic foundations. The value of these essays, whose editors readily admit they hope to influence federal, provincial, and metropolitan policies, lies in their focus on Toronto in the 1990s. The first two essays set a historical and demographic perspective; the next four are solidly researched works on housing, employment, education, and health among the extremely diverse peoples who live in the city; other chapters are policy studies focusing on how immigrants are included or excluded by political and social structures. On balance, all the essayists find exclusion the dominant pattern, which requires policy changes. As the only comprehensive study of immigration, race, and ethnicity in Toronto, this book should be in library collections. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. M. J. Moore Appalachian State University

Table of Contents

Paul Anisef and Michael LanphierHarold TroperClifford Jansen and Lawrence LamRobert A. Murdie and Carlos TeixeiraValerie Preston and Lucia Lo and Shuguang WangCarl E. James and Barbara BurnabySamuel Noh and Violet KasparGabriele ScardellatoMyer Siemiatycki and Tim Rees and Roxana Ng and Khan RahiMeyer Burstein and Howard DuncanMichael Lanphier and Paul Anisef
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Immigration and the Accommodation of Diversityp. 3
1 Becoming an Immigrant City: A History of Immigration into Toronto since the Second World Warp. 19
2 Immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area: A Sociodemographic Overviewp. 63
3 Towards a Comfortable Neighbourhood and Appropriate Housing: Immigrant Experiences in Torontop. 132
4 Immigrants' Economic Status in Toronto: Stories of Triumph and Disappointmentp. 192
5 Immigrant Students and Schooling in Toronto, 1960s to 1990sp. 263
6 Diversity and Immigrant Healthp. 316
7 Images of Integrating Diversity: A Photographic Essayp. 354
8 Integrating Community Diversity in Toronto: On Whose Terms?p. 373
9 World in a City: A View from Policyp. 457
Epilogue: Blockages to Opportunityp. 474
Referencesp. 479
Contributorsp. 523
Indexp. 529