Multicultural Dialogue: Dilemmas, Paradoxes, Conflicts Randi Gressgard

ISBN: 9780857456489

Published: May 1st 2012

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192 pages


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Multicultural Dialogue: Dilemmas, Paradoxes, Conflicts  by  Randi Gressgard

Multicultural Dialogue: Dilemmas, Paradoxes, Conflicts by Randi Gressgard
May 1st 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 192 pages | ISBN: 9780857456489 | 9.60 Mb

As cross-cultural migration increases democratic states face a particular challenge: how to grant equal rights and dignity to individuals while recognizing cultural distinctiveness. In response to the greater number of ethnic and religious minorityMoreAs cross-cultural migration increases democratic states face a particular challenge: how to grant equal rights and dignity to individuals while recognizing cultural distinctiveness.

In response to the greater number of ethnic and religious minority groups, state policies seem to focus on managing cultural differences through planned pluralism. This book explores the dilemmas, paradoxes, and conflicts that emerge when differences are managed within this conceptual framework. After a critical investigation of the perceived logic of identity, indicative of Western nation-states and at the root of their pluralistic intentions, the author takes issue with both universalist notions of equality and cultural relativist notions of distinctiveness.

However, without identity is it possible to participate in dialogue and form communities? Is there a way out of this impasse? The book argues in favor of communities based on nonidentitarian difference, developed and maintained through open and critical dialogue. Randi Gressgard is Associate Professor at the Centre for Womens and Gender Research (SKOK), University of Bergen. She is also affiliated with the research unit IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations).



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