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Lázaro A M S. Intercultural education policies in a globalized world. ERSS. 2017; 29 (1) :1-6
URL: http://europeansp.org/article-4-66-en.html
University of Murcia, Murcia, 30100, Spain
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There are different ways of understanding intercultural education, and there have been implemented numerous educational programs and policies in the last fifteen years.. There is talk of attention and acceptance of diversity, intercultural dialogue, socio-cultural integration, etc. Despite the efforts, the road ahead is broad, mostly in the light of the latest developments as "the refugee crisis" in Europe or the situation of indigenous peoples in Latin America, both issues addressed in this contribution. It would be to analyze the difficulties for real integration to take place, by identifying different multicultural discourses including differences which at the same time neutralize, so intercultural education could be being used to maintain and even increase the asymmetries generation model (Barquín Cendejas, 2016). Interculturality understood from this neoliberal hegemony becomes a strategic concept that replaces the discourse on poverty by the discourse on culture, being so a very useful concept to render invisible the growing socio-economic asymmetries caused by neoliberal policies, ultimately resulting in a subservient concept to the hegemonic economic and political model (Sartorello, 2009, p. 82) perpetuating the opposite goal. There are, however, other ways of understanding interculturality. Claiming new forms of participatory and inclusive citizenship and stating that intercultural education involves a holistic dimension of respect and appreciation of cultural diversity of the environment strengthening educational equity, overcoming racism, discrimination and exclusion, promoting communication and cultural skills, and supporting a process of social change (Aguado, Gil-Jaurena & Mata, 2005). © 2016 The Authors. Published by European Science publishing Ltd. Selection and peer-review under responsibility of the Organizing Committee of European Science publishing Ltd.
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Received: 2019/08/7 | Accepted: 2019/08/7 | Published: 2019/08/7

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