Interculturalism, multiculturalism, or both?
Title: Interculturalism, multiculturalism, or both?
Series/Number: EUI RSCAS PP; 2013/18; Global Governance Programme; Cultural Pluralism
In this policy paper we outline some of the prevailing ways in which interculturalism is being positively contrasted with multiculturalism, especially as a set of political ideas, in European contexts of post-migration diversity. We argue that while some advocates of a political interculturalism wish to emphasise its positive qualities in terms of encouraging communication, recognising dynamic identities, promoting unity and critiquing illiberal cultural practices, each of these qualities too are important (often foundational) features of multiculturalism. We begin by exploring the four areas contrast identified above, before turning to the implications of this discussion for existing citizenship regimes. We conclude that until interculturalism as a political discourse is able to offer a distinct perspective, one that can more persuasively speak to a variety of concerns emanating from complex identities and matters of equality and diversity, it does not eclipse multiculturalism and should instead be considered as complementary to multiculturalism. To illustrate this further we offer five policy orientations relevant to the European context.
Subject: Citizenship; Culture; Dialogue; Equality; Interculturalism; Multiculturalism; Unity
Type of Access: openAccess