Download PDF: Understanding global intercultural dialogue initiatives within the logic of state-based multiculturalism. Intercultural Studies, Interculturalism and the practice of “Intercultural Dialogue”. Policy Report No. 01/09. (171.8 KB)
This report uses the lens of the state-based multiculturalism literature to provide an insight into global intercultural dialogue initiatives. It argues that the draw-backs within outdated forms of mosaic multiculturalism persist in global intercultural dialogue. It is proposed that these problems derive from a mentality of engagement that mirrors that of mosaic multiculturalism at a state level (which sees society as a mosaic of discrete cultural groups). Within the multiculturalism literature, there has already been a move away from mosaic-like forms of the theory, and it is proposed that a movement similar to that evident in the multiculturalism literature is necessary with regard to the development of further intercultural dialogue initiatives.