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Interculturalism in the 21st century

Interculturalism in the 21st century

Interculturalism in the 21st century

ISBN : 978-9963-2415-3-8
Author : Various
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This volume, titled ‘Interculturalism in the 21st century, prospects and challenges’ edited by Prof. Pella Calogiannakis, Prof. Tien-Hui Chiang, Prof. John Spiridakis and Prof. Τh. Babalis, attempts to shed some light on the issue of interculturalism that has been a central focus of research in the epoch of globalization.

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As globalization may assist leading countries to export their hegemonic cultures to the international community, it is argued that this exportation would jeopardize the local cultures of importing countries. In this milieu, protecting multi-cultures becomes a crucial and meaningful assignment for educational researchers. In contrast, some educational scholars propose that globalization may facilitate the interchange of cultures, which could benefit the development of interculteralism or transculturalism.
By acknowledging such two possibly parallel world trends, this volume intends to promote the notion of interculturalism through various lenses. In order to fill in the notion of interculturalism, the contributors cover a variety of regions, including America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Their articles embrace a wide range of core issues and methods. Some of them focus on the analysis of theoretical debate and others belong to empirical studies. This approach addresses the notion of interculturalism consisting of various facets and characters that are constantly shaped and elaborated by different social contexts.
This scenario spotlights an axiom that as a culture develops within a specific social context and its members have consistently participated in this development, it embodies unique characters and meanings. Whereas globalization may homogenize a variety of cultures, their interchange also opens up a foreground, enabling them to elaborate their cultural contents through assimilating the core elements of other cultures, which are suitable to local contexts.
As cultural development is not static but instead dynamic, such an interchange could assist different cultures to elaborate their unique contents. This volume was designed to present the core components of interculturalism. The editorial team believes that all contributors have presented outstanding arguments that could benefit the readers. We fully acknowledge that without their crucial contributions, it would be very difficult for the editorial team to promote the idea of interculturalism.