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Multiculturalism: An asset or a problem? Implications for intercultural education

Esmat Babaii https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9998-82471

1 Kharazmi University, IRAN babai@khu.ac.ir

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


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.



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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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