The EU and the Recycling of Colonialism: Formation of Europeans through intercultural dialogue
2012 (English)In: Educational Philosophy and Theory, ISSN 0013-1857, E-ISSN 1469-5812, Vol. 44, no 9, 1010-1023 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The present essay focuses on problematizing the European Union’s claim that interculturaldialogue constitutes an advocated method of talking through cultural boundaries—inside as wellas outside the classroom—based on mutual empathy and non-domination. More precisely, theaim is to analyze who is being constructed as counterparts of the intercultural dialogue throughthe discourse produced by the EU in policies on education, culture and intercultural dialogue.Within the Union, Europeans are portrayed as having an a priori historical existence, whilethe ones excluded from this notion are evoked to demonstrate its difference in comparison to theEuropean one.The results show that subjects not considered as Europeans serve as markers of themulticultural present of the space. Thus, intercultural dialogue seems to consolidate differencesbetween European and Other—the‘We’ and ‘Them’ in the dialogue—rather than, as in line withits purpose, bringing subjects together.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Vol. 44, no 9, 1010-1023 p.
postcolonialism, European Union, EU, intercultural dialogue, intercultural education, multiculturalism, multicultural education
Educational Sciences Languages and Literature Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-76574DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00839.xISI: 000310474700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-76574DiVA: diva2:515029