`Jagdish S Gundara's own early experiences have given him unique insights into both the problems and the possibilities of relationships between cultures. His book reflects a life dedicated to fostering positive intercultural relations and provides an analysis of the role of education in overcoming the barriers. All who are interested in building genuinely inclusive notions of education and citizenship will benefit from reading this impressive book' - Geoff Whitty, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, University of London Jagdish S Gundara raises a range of critical issues for educators as a consequence of historical and contemporary aspects of social diversity. Using a historical and social scie
Chapter 2: Basic Issues in Intercultural Education
Basic Issues in Intercultural Education
The Theoretical Context
This chapter assumes that good citizenship is not something that accrues without political understandings. It is important that young people have an access to good political education both formally as well as informally. In diverse societies the need for such education is greater because the complexities within them can be misrepresented. Populists can acquire mass support by simplistically representing both historical and contemporary aspects of diversities. Vulnerable and discriminated groups can be stereotyped and since they have little voice they may not have recourse to challenging the reasons why they have been disadvantaged or are represented as having psychological, racial and social deficits.
The differences of educational performances and achievements between different communities need to ...