`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 5: Interculturalism in Europe
Interculturalism in Europe
The relevance of intercultural education cannot be viewed as a consequence of those who have recently immigrated to Europe. The European continent has a long and complex legacy of a multicultural past. The implications for interculturalism and intercultural education have to take cognisance of the complexities represented both by its past as well as by the contemporary aspects of social diversity.
This chapter provides a view of Europe through slightly different lenses than is normally the case, in discussions about intercultural education. It argues that educators need to engage with the problems represented by Eurocentrism in Europe to enable them to engage meaningfully with the issue of what constitutes legitimate knowledge and a canon within the academic establishment.
Education systems which are ...