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Intercultural Policies and Education

Edited By Susana Gonçalves and Markus A. Carpenter

Intercultural Policies and Education is concerned with educational challenges in multicultural societies. Educational policies, practices and strategies for fruitful coexistence in the multicultural school and classroom are explored and analysed through a collection of chapters designed and selected to provide readers with international, multidisciplinary and multidimensional perspectives on the topic.
The first section of the book is focused on intercultural policies, pedagogy and curriculum, addressing aspects of interest to school management, like teacher recruitment, the internet, intercultural communication at school from a philosophical point of view. Further, the first part deals with the influence of phenomena such as globalization and includes an analysis of universalism and cosmopolitanism. The second part entails more specific approaches to education, the school and coexistence, by addressing a number of cases from European schools and results from educational projects, thus complementing the theoretical and conceptual framework presented in the first section.
This collection of essays and case studies presents a reasonably comprehensive picture of the situation in Europe and contributes to a better understanding of pluralism in society and especially in school.


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Part 2 Education, school and coexistence: European case studies 122 123 Diversity and the city SUSANA GONÇALVES Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra and UIDEF (Research Unit for Education and Training), University of Lisbon, Portugal Abstract This chapter considers the fact that the European population includes a sub- stantial proportion of the foreign-born, with thousands of mixed-blood citi- zens and the emergence of ethnic minorities, and consequently, the new identi- ties they bring with them, new urban, ethnic and youth cultures flourishing and reshaping the face of cities. I will argue that preventing ghettoization and social separation, as well as the kind of ignorance that perpetuates stereotypes and consequent discrimination, demands wise policies and strategies. The chap- ter brings to light some ideas on how diverse cultural heritage and expressions can be used to promote harmonious coexistence and intercultural sensitivity and dialogue and illustrates it with a number of outstanding intercultural projects: Creative cities, intercultural Film, and concrete culture exhibitions and festivals held in European cities. These projects are have proven to be good practices since they have succeeded in fostering positive visibility and made heard the voices of minorities in the city. At the same time they served well as sources of inspiration issuing from diversity. They can be creative game changers given their potential for involvement and interaction in diverse settings (school and education, art and creative industries, public institutions, social welfare, etc.). New identities and new urban cultures Paris, Amsterdam, London, Luxembourg, Geneva or Munich are all out-...

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