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The Cultural Other: The Reproduction of Coloniality
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning.
2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
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This paper scrutinizes how the discourse on interculturalism unfolds in the rapidly growing discipline on the subject by analyzing how it is produced in a local context – a university course. Interculturalism refers to interaction between cultures and the importance of fostering and guiding such relations, whereby educational courses on interculturalism becomes the primary instance to fulfill the ambition of governing bodies (e.g. EU, UNSECO) by shaping subjects with desired competences to enact in a culturally diverse world. Based on an empirical material comprised of semi-structured interviews with an ensemble of students who successfully have completed one of these courses on interculturalism, the paper develops a critical interrogation of those core ingredients, meanings and definitions which the students attaches to interculturalism. With interculturalism presupposing cultural diversity, I will illustrate the ambivalent nature of executing cultural boundaries and the risk of appropriating coloniality in the quest to rhetorically legitimize interventions in the name of modernization and social development.

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Educational Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75784OAI: diva2:508930
40th NERA Congress
Available from: 2012-03-11 Created: 2012-03-11 Last updated: 2013-04-02

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