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Intercultural Citizenship in the Post-Multicultural Era

Intercultural Citizenship in the Post-Multicultural Era

July 2019 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book explores the intercultural policy paradigm emerging within diversity and migration studies. Drawing on empirical studies of cultural diversity and placing a focus on the current crises of identity in Europe, Zapata-Barrero argues for an intercultural model of citizenship that prioritises contact between diverse people. In looking forward to a post-multicultural era, his analysis suggests how we can better manage the challenges presented by our increasingly complex, multifaceted societies.

This thoughtful text will appeal to students and scholars across politics, sociology, anthropology and social psychology, as well as policy makers and social entrepreneurs around the world grappling with issues around migration, diversity and citizenship.

Ricard Zapata-Barrero is a Full Professor of Political and Social Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain). He is also Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration at UPF, and Master in Migration Studies. He is member of the Board of Directors for IMISCOE and Chair of the External Affairs Committee. For information about publications, go to his webpage:

Introduction: Citizenship and Diversity nexus revisited. The Intercultural Citizenship Focus
Chapter 1. The policy narrative context of diversity dynamics today
Chapter 2. Avenues of origin of intercultural citizenship: the European local turn in diversity policies
Chapter 3. Intercultural Turn in Europe: in a diverse Europe, what does ‘Europeanness’ mean today?
Chapter 4: The business card of intercultural citizenship: Distinctive features
Chapter 5. Conceptualizing an intercultural citizenship’s diversity-linkage theory
Chapter 6. Normative policy drivers of intercultural citizenship: a comprehensive view
Chapter 7. Republicanism, public space and intercultural citizenship
Chapter 8. The social benefits of intercultural citizenship: diversity as a public good
Concluding roadmap: summarizing what the reader has found in this book

Managing societal diversity is one of the greatest governance challenges of our century. This volume argues that facing this challenge requires a new concept of citizenship – intercultural citizenship. It offers solid academic arguments for a bold political statement – that the shift from the nation-focused to a rights-focused paradigm of diversity management is a matter of profound cultural change. Indeed, the intercultural paradigm is a kind of a neo-Renaissance project which makes collective identity a normative result of the interplay of multiple, evolving individual identities – the exact opposite of the historical process of building national identities. The main contribution of the book resides in the insights about ways in which one can “engineer” intercultural citizenship institutionally and in policy practice, and how it can be nurtured in individual attitudes and behavior.

Irena Guidikova, Head of Inclusion and Anti-discrimination Programmes, Council of Europe.

Irena Guidikova,
Head of Inclusion and Anti-discrimination Programmes, Council of Europe

There is no doubt that we  are living today in a period of  hyper-connectivity and significant human mobility. Coming to grips with the consequent super diversity  is emerging as a significant challenge for both academe and social policy-making circles. Zapata-Barrero’s book on Intercultural Citizenship framework situates this challenge expertly  within its complex intellectual and political  context chartering how best  to progress this agenda against a background of rising polarised intellectual contestation.  This is a scholarly tour de force from of one the leading voices in the interculturalism field. This topical and timely book  will  have significant impact beyond its immediate European context.  

Professor Fethi Mansouri, Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. 

Professor Fethi Mansouri
Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

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