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The complementarity of multiculturalism and interculturalism: theory backed by Australian evidence

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posted on 2021-12-31, 00:00 authored by Fethi MansouriFethi Mansouri, T Modood
The decline of multiculturalism as a public discourse has been caused by various socio-political factors–such as 9/11 and its aftermath and the growth in migration–and new pro- and anti-diversity isms have been offered instead. One such pro-diversity discourse is interculturalism. Whilst some of its advocates, especially in Quebec and Europe, have seen it as a replacement of multiculturalism, a closer examination shows a high degree of complementarity. We demonstrate this by a theoretical-normative unpacking of multiculturalism and of the claims of interculturalism, and by evidence that Australian publics see multiculturalism as supportive of interculturalism, perceived as a renewal of multiculturalism. We express the hope that the sometimes oppositional debate between these two isms may now move forward into a phase of complementarity.

History

Journal

Ethnic and racial studies

Volume

44

Issue

16

Pagination

1 - 20

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0141-9870

eISSN

1466-4356

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal