Intercultural Communication Education


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DOI: 10.29140/ice.v1n2.65
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Multiculturalism: An asset or a problem? Implications for intercultural education

Esmat Babaii https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9998-8247

– In the present article, I will examine the discourse and practices of multiculturalism as an alleged emancipatory aspect of contemporary social life.


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Short Articles

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45-53

DOI

https://doi.org/10.29140/ice.v1n2.65

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Abstract

In the present article, I will examine the discourse and practices of multiculturalism as an alleged emancipatory aspect of contemporary social life. I will argue why a “one world, many peoples” doctrine has proved to be a far-fetched dream on many occasions. To do so, I will first review the ideals of multiculturalism and then will discuss how these very ideals are, at times, violated through a discriminatory treatment and representation of multicultural “others” in the Western communication media and organizations. The article, however, does not intend to depict a dystopia. Rather, the possibilities to arrive at tolerant heterogeneous communities will also be explored and ideas to promote successful intercultural communication and education will be put forward.

Suggested citation

Babaii, E. (2018). Multiculturalism: An asset or a problem? Implications for intercultural education. Intercultural Communication Education, 1(2), 45–53. https://doi.org/10.29140/ice.v1n2.65

 

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