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The Art of Intercultural Dialogue

A. Intercultural Dialogue and Democracy (Lodz Team)

Enrique Banús (2007)

Contenuto in:

Intercultural Dialogue and Citizenship

Tipologia pubblicazione

: Articolo / Saggio


: 101-112


: EN


Enthusiasm for intercultural dialogue is given: conferences and symposia praise it as a key concept for the pacific coexistence in societies which are becoming more and more multicultural and in a globalising world.

But intercultural dialogue, if it shall be effective, has to be held «on the street», by the «common» citizen, who is experiencing alterity in his/her daily life and who has to react seeing in it not a problem or a threat but an enrichment.

It has not to be forgotten that intercultural dialogue supposes a change of paradigm: in fact, we are used to experiencing/confirming «our» (collective) identity in antagonism to «the other». Moreover, the view we have of «the other» is marked by images and stereotypes, which makes difficult the open encounter. In a certain sense, intercultural dialogue is an art which has to be learned. Therefore, education to intercultural dialogue plays a very relevant role.

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