This book interrogates politics and practices of multiculturalism and multicultural education in contexts where liberal and critical multiculturalism is under pressure. It examines and interrogates perspectives on multiculturalism and the political and social to diversity in societies in Asia and Europe. It is set against a background of increasing right wing radicalism and pervasive authoritarianism in different parts of the world. These ideologies not only undermine multiculturalism but the potential of democracy itself. The book includes chapters from leading scholars on multiculturalism, interculturalism and diversity around the world. It examines the challenges to multicultural diversity in the Global North, and makes a distinctive contribution by addressing this issue in the Global South societies of Asia, including Myanmar, China, and Pakistan. As such, this book opens up international debate about multiculturalism by providing exchanges rarely heard across borders.
Christine Halse is currently chair professor of Intercultural Education at The Education University of Hong Kong and holds Honorary positions at the University Glasgow and Deakin University. Recent edited collections include Interrogating Belonging for Young People in Schools (2018) and Responsibility and Responsibilisation in Education (with Jan Wright and Catherin Hartung, 2018).
Kerry J. Kennedy is currently an emeritus professor at The Education University of Hong Kong. He is also a distinguished visiting professor of Curriculum Studies at the University of Johannesburg. His most recent edited collections include Religious Education in Asia - Spiritual Diversity in Globalized Times (with John Chi Kin Lee, 2021) and Social Studies Education in East Asian Contexts (2021).
Section 1 Disrupting the Field 1. Theories and theorising multiculturalism (Christine Halse) Section 2 Perspective from the West 2. Multicultural trends in Europe (Christine Halse) 3. Civic education and youth citizenship at a time of immigrant integration policy changes in the Netherlands (Marcin Sklad) 4. Multiculturalism and the "broken" discourses of Chinese language education (Michiko Weinmann, Rod Neilsen and Sophia Slavich) 5. Diversity theory and teachers responses: When diversity transforms to super-diversity and hyper-diversity (Nektaria Palaiologou and Zoe Karanikola) 6. Diversity and its anti-genderist challenges in higher education in Germany (Yaliz Akbaba)Section 3 Perspective From The East 7. Examining colourism in China: Multicultural education for inclusion, equity and justice (Tianlong Yu) 8. "Cloistered multiculturalism"? Challenges in connecting an ethnically diverse school toits local Chinese community (Jan Gube and Darren A. Bryant) 9. Developing multiculturalism in Myanmar: Citizen perspectives from deliberative surveys (Baogang He and Michael G. Breen) 10. Delicate Multicultural Balance of Singapore (Daphnee Hui Lin Lee) 11. Transnational identities and struggles for multicultural justice in schools: Zainichi Korean teachers in Japan (Yuka Kitayama) 12. Multiculturalism in the Muslim world: A case of Pakistan (Nazim Aman Hunzai, Samina Naz and Zhao Zhenzhou) Section 4 Theoretical Reflections 13. Anti-diversity and its multiple contexts: Multiculturalism's ordeals in Asia and Europe (Kerry J. Kennedy)