Chapter 1: Interculturalism: main hypothesis, theories and strands
Despite the many conferences and policy meetings devoted to intercultural policies, there are still small internal disputes among those who share this policy approach. In my view, we need to take a direct step forward in the emerging debate to open a wide path for a promising internal discussion among interculturalists. It is time to put aside the discussion in justifying and defining interculturalism’s place in (and distance from) the diversity discourse among the other traditional proposals, such as assimilation and multiculturalism. It is time to enter into a foundational debate on interculturalism. Taking into account the recent literature, we encounter a policy strategy that understands that we are in the process of building a ‘living together context’, given increasing diversity in Western contemporary societies. We are also in a context that lacks convincing public policies to deal with the reality of super-diversity (Vertovec, 2007, 2014).