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Social Sciences problem: Interculturalism

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Literature Review: Interculturalism problem for Social Sciences

This “Ten Problems for Social Sciences in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. interculturalism,
  2. introspection,
  3. truth,
  4. authenticity,
  5. human enhancement,
  6. critical thinking,
  7. technocracy,
  8. privilege,
  9. ethics,
  10. higher education.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.


1 Interculturalism

THE PROBLEM — Interculturalism is emerging as a key socio-political challenge that polarizes contemporary multicultural societies everywhere. It consists of three interrelated components of dialogue, unity, and identity flexibility. One of the limits of western models of intercultural dialogue relates to a political abstraction.

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CONCLUSIONS — The key conceptual and philosophical foundations of the intercultural idea are framed around interaction, dialogue, exchange and transformation. Interculturalism predicts positive intergroup outcomes, over and above multiculturalism. The goal of intercultural pedagogy has become to live and to act in diversity. A critical postcolonial approach to intercultural dialogue is needed. Epistemologies developed in the BRICS countries can be of value to even modern Western societies and contexts. At a time of the decline of humanities in the United States and Europe, China’s Belt and Road Initiative provides an opportunity for cultural studies. Even in less diverse societies, given increased global mobility, young people are increasingly likely to encounter the diversity of worldviews as they work and travel elsewhere. Theology students need to have a certain sensitivity in terms of embracing the people they will address after graduation and an ability to transfer that sensitivity to them. It is of significant priority that educational initiatives developed in the Balkans contribute to the consolidation of educational, scientific and cultural cooperation for the people living in the Balkans. In late capitalist Europe the cards of labor, mobility and sovereignty are being mixed and redistributed again.

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