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Uneven Equity and Italian Interculturalism(s)

Author(s): Monica E. Mincu

Journal: Journal of Social Research & Policy
ISSN 2067-2640

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 83;
Date: 2011;

Keywords: Policy of Recognition | Italian and European Interculturalism | Difference and Equity | Ideology

This article proposes a brief investigation of Italian interculturalism(s) as documented by scholarship, relevant policy documents and teaching textbooks, and presents some key practical issues relating to the integration of students of immigrant origin. We shall then analyse the 2008 White Paper’s core concepts and their possible illumination of Italian educational discourses and practices. Our analysis of different versions of Italian interculturalism(s) confirms the prominence of culture as its main pillar, while the issue of equity and equality is clearly neglected. Our argument is that a balanced conception of interculturalism, which recognises the “second pillar” of equity, may prove to be a clearer message for teachers and practitioners. An equity-focused interculturalism will also fully acknowledge the right to education in all its practical forms. In addition, a policy of recognition based on both culture and class dimensions would prove to be more coherent and efficient in strengthening processes of integration.

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