Concept, Policy and Implementation
Edited by Ricard Zapata-Barrero
Chapter 11: Conclusions: three building blocks for taking interculturalism seriously
Interculturalism has entered the diversity debate only recently. It attracts academics and local policy makers who feel we need to react to increasing diversity, but who are unsatisfied with the present multicultural conceptual frameworks. Following Cantle’s conclusion (Chapter 5), the first and foremost argument is the adoption of interculturalism as a new policy paradigm. Interculturalism’s particular origin may be one of its assets. It is seen as an exploratory policy strategy that seeks to offer pragmatic answers to the challenges posed by diversity dynamics, mainly at the city level. As we have seen in most of the case studies in this volume, this policy posits society as being under construction, working to provide a direction and a horizon for diversity dynamics in all spheres of life. These are the early stages of paradigm development. As such, its web of expansion has no limits; it can influence both institutional and individual routines and behaviours, the logic of action, and life prospects.
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