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Intercultural Citizenship in the post-multicultural era

Intercultural Citizenship in the post-multicultural era

July 2019 | 180 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In this concise, theoretically-focused and empirically grounded book, Zapata-Barrero outlines the foundations of the intercultural policy paradigm that is emerging within diversity and migration studies. 

The book collects and articulates the author's arguments over recent years, engaging with the debate on Multiculturalism and Interculturalism, and with a focus on citizenship. in Part One, it aims primarily to review diversity policy narratives, and to contextualise the emerging intercultural policy paradigm, with a special view on the multicultural and European identity crisis. In Part Two, the foundations of interculturalism are explored, before closing in Part Three with empirical examples relating to the public benefits of following a contact-based approach to diversity management.

This is important reading for students and scholars across politics, sociology, anthropology and social psychology, as well as policy makers in Europe and around the world grappling with issues around migration, multiculturalism and citizenship.

Introduction: Citizenship and Diversity nexus revisited. The Intercultural Citizenship Focus
Chapter 1. The policy narrative context of diversity dynamics today
Chapter 2. Avenues of origin of intercultural citizenship: the European local turn in diversity policies
Chapter 3. Intercultural Turn in Europe: in a diverse Europe, what does ‘Europeanness’ mean today?
Chapter 4: The business card of intercultural citizenship: Distinctive features
Chapter 5. Conceptualizing an intercultural citizenship’s diversity-linkage theory
Chapter 6. Normative policy drivers of intercultural citizenship: a comprehensive view
Chapter 7. Republicanism, public space and intercultural citizenship
Chapter 8. The social benefits of intercultural citizenship: diversity as a public good
Concluding roadmap: summarizing what the reader has found in this book

Managing societal diversity is one of the greatest governance challenges of our century. This volume argues that facing this challenge requires a new concept of citizenship – intercultural citizenship. It offers solid academic arguments for a bold political statement – that the shift from the nation-focused to a rights-focused paradigm of diversity management is a matter of profound cultural change. Indeed, the intercultural paradigm is a kind of a neo-Renaissance project which makes collective identity a normative result of the interplay of multiple, evolving individual identities – the exact opposite of the historical process of building national identities. The main contribution of the book resides in the insights about ways in which one can “engineer” intercultural citizenship institutionally and in policy practice, and how it can be nurtured in individual attitudes and behavior.

Irena Guidikova, Head of Inclusion and Anti-discrimination Programmes, Council of Europe

Irena Guidikova,
Head of Inclusion and Anti-discrimination Programmes, Council of Europe

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ISBN: 9781526477057