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Bridging the gap to those who lack: intercultural education in the light of modernity and the shadow of coloniality
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104, Vol. 21, no 2, 279-297 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Academic courses on interculturality have become a rapidly growing discipline in the West, where supranational bodies such as the European Union and UNESCO promote intercultural education as a path towards improved global cultural relations. Through interviews with students who completed a university course on interculturality, this essay investigates the tenets of interculturality and problematises whether this discourse merely reproduces a classificatory logic embedded in modernity that insists on differences among cultures. The argument put forward is that in the analysed context, interculturality tends to reproduce the very colonial ideas that it seeks to oppose. In doing so, interculturality reinforces the collective ‘we’ as the location of modernity by deciding who is culturally different and who is in a position that must be bridged to the mainstream by engaging in intercultural dialogue.

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Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 21, no 2, 279-297 p.
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coloniality, modernity, interculturality, interculturalism, intercultural education, postcolonialism
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Pedagogy General Literature Studies Humanities Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87171DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2012.759139OAI: diva2:586534
Available from: 2013-04-04 Created: 2013-01-11 Last updated: 2015-10-13Bibliographically approved

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