Oct 17, 2012 · 7:30 PM
Today the concept of multiculturalism that grew up in the second half of the twentieth century is being questioned and political support for it is changing. Some argue we need a debate to develop new paradigms for the 21st century when the rich diversity of our societies and the impact of globalisation are everyday realities. This webinar is the beginning of this discussion and one that we will develop in the next 12 months.
Ted Cantle who founded the Institute For Community Cohesion will present this webinar based on his new book "Interculturalism: the New Era of Cohesion and Diversity."In it he suggests that a progressive re-branding is required but more importantly, multicultural policies need to change to accommodate more globalised populations and the new fluid and dynamic forms of identity.
The book argues that the strength of multiculturalism has been its emphasis on rights and structural conditions but that, conceptually it is still stuck in the 1960s. It has failed to overcome five conceptual problems and interculturalism is therefore more able to adapt to the future challenges faced by local and national communities.
It further suggests that policy and practice needs to be urgently reviewed and that the schism between the academic disciplines which has given rise to some of the conceptual problems has to be closed.
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