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Interculturality in Education


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Introduction.- Chapter 1. Misnomers.- Chapter 2. Imaginaries about Interculturality.- Discourses of Othering.- Chapter 3. Interculturality and the 'Fragilities' of Human Rights.- Chapter 4. Tools for Change - Dynamic and Realistic Intercultural Competences.- Conclusion.

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"Fred Dervin has crafted a radical new interdisciplinary conceptual approach to intercultural education that is well-researched, readable, comprehensive, thought provoking and full of engaging stories and vignettes. His critical analysis of interculturality is anchored in discourses of globalization and power, human rights, dialogicality, social imaginaries, education and his book, above all, challenges essentialist and binary assumptions about culture and identity. This is one of those rare books that can serve as a very useful critical guide for both scholarly research and teaching. It is a book that gives readers rich theoretical tools and illuminating examples on how to understand and navigate the increasingly contentious and asymmetrical global/local intersections of the 21st century." (Sunil Bhatia, Professor of Human Development, Connecticut College, USA) "For teachers and researchers who struggle with knotty questions of what, how, and why in intercultural communication, this book is a must on your reading list. Its insightful exploration of theoretical frontiers is grounded in interesting and tricky real life scenarios. And its pointed deconstruction of many common issues will generate more constructive solutions. A thin book thick with ideas." (Professor Yihong Gao, Department of English, Peking University, China)

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Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He also holds other professorships in Australia, Canada, China, Luxembourg and Malaysia and has widely published on identity, interculturality and mobility/migration in different languages.

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