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Beyond the intercultural: the challenges of co-inclusion The intercultural: enthusiasm, litotes and euphemism

Author(s): Felice Dassetto

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 66-67;
Start page: 99;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: globalisation | multiculturalism | interculturality | Europe | Islam | civilisation | immigration

In the context of new plural, multicultural societies, Dassetto aims to demonstrate that the term intercultural is a kind of euphemism used to cautiously express the uneasiness caused by the new postures related to the current processes of cultural encounter in Europe.These postures make reference, on the one hand, to the form of intercultural processes and, on the other hand, to the questions that are posed in the face of new social realities, like that of young adolescents, who work with different cultural and identity codes and,above all, who are unadapted to contemporary societies. To this, one must add an encounter with Islam, which goes beyond the simple cultural encounter and involves deeper layers of the collective organisation, that is, civilisations. Thus, Dassetto aims to make the terms that underlie “interculturality” in Europe explicit with relation to immigrant populations, and to question, in short, the representations relating to interculturality.
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