Aladin El-Mafaalani

The Integration Paradox ? Why Successful Integration Leads to More Conflict

Das Integrationsparadox

The Integration Paradox ? Why Successful Integration Leads to More Conflict

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#6 Best Non-Fiction Book in October 2018 (Die Welt)

An eye-opening book that gives a new impetus to discussions about integration

The author of this groundbreaking book offers a new outlook on integration policies: Those who assume that a lack of conflict is an indicator of successful integration and an open society are mistaken. Conflicts arise not because the integration of immigrants and minorities has failed, but because it is increasingly successful. Social coalescence generates controversy and defensive populist reactions all around the world.

Reading this book, you will:
- understand why immigration will continue to be an issue and what paradoxical effects integration has
- discover that the contrasts between opponents and supporters of an open society run straight through the conventional political categories of “right” and “left”
- find out where the extreme backlash comes from
- be better prepared in debates to counter those who romanticize multiculturalism, on the one hand, and proponents of isolationism, on the other
- realize that the challenges modern societies are facing are completely different than we thought.

Aladin El-Mafaalani gets to the bottom of the state of our society and shows why opponents of an open society have renewed clout in so many western nations.



ISBN: 978-3-462-05164-3
release: 16. August 2018
240 pages, Flexcover


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About the Author

Aladin El-Mafaalani, born in 1978, studied political science, sociology, economics and ergonomics in Bochum. After teaching at the vocational college in Ahlen, he worked as a professor of political science and political sociology at the Münster University of Applied Sciences. His work in the fields of educational, immigration and urban research have received multiple distinctions. Since 2018, he has been working for the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry for Children, Families, Refugees and Integration in Düsseldorf.