Budding Multiculturalism or Veiled Indifference? Inter-Group Contact Among Immigrant and Native-Born Adolescents in Small-Town Canada

Stacey Wilson Forsberg (1)
(1) Assistant Professor Human Rights and Human Diversity Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford , Canada


Drawing on qualitative research examining the integration experiences of immigrant adolescents in a small city (Fredericton population 50,535) and rural town (Florenceville-Bristol population 1,500) in New Brunswick, Canada, this article presents daily encounters between young immigrants and their native-born peers. It argues the citizens of Florenceville-Bristol are able to compensate for the absence of formal programming for immigrant youth by finding creative ways to communicate with the immigrant adolescents, recognizing their strengths and abilities, and including them in activities and structures where they would have the best fit. It concludes that cross-cultural interaction in our daily lives brings a more positive multicultural experience to communities when Allport’s (1954) four necessary conditions for contact to result in the reduction of prejudice are met.

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Stacey Wilson Forsberg
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Author Biography

Stacey Wilson Forsberg, Assistant Professor Human Rights and Human Diversity Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford

Stacey Wilson-Forsberg is an Assistant Professor in the Human Rights & Human Diversity Program at Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford Campus. She studies the experiences of recent immigrants in small cities, towns, and rural areas across Canada and how these newcomers gradually become involved in their communities and build relationships across ethnic groups. She is currently researching the involvement of immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean in the social and cultural revitalization of the city of Brantford.

Forsberg, S. W. (2013). Budding Multiculturalism or Veiled Indifference? Inter-Group Contact Among Immigrant and Native-Born Adolescents in Small-Town Canada. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 13(1), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v13i1.616

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