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Interculturality in Education

A Theoretical and Methodological Toolbox


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Fred Dervin
    Pages 7-22
  3. Fred Dervin
    Pages 23-42
  4. Fred Dervin
    Pages 43-55
  5. Fred Dervin
    Pages 101-107
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 109-120

About this book


This book explores the decades-long use of the notion of interculturality in education and other fields, arguing that it is now time to move beyond certain assumptions towards a richer and more realistic understanding of the ‘intercultural’. Many concepts such as culture, identity and intercultural competence are discussed and revised. Myths about interculturality are also unpacked and dispelled. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, this book proposes a very useful framework to address theoretical and methodological issues related to interculturality. This somewhat provocative book will be of interest to anyone who wrestles with this knotty but central notion of our times. 


Migration Diversity Intercultural competence Human Rights Culture Identity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

About the authors

Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He also holds other professorships in Australia, Canada, China, Luxembourg and Malaysia and has widely published on identity, interculturality and mobility/migration in different languages.  

Bibliographic information


“Fred Dervin has crafted a radical new interdisciplinary conceptual approach to intercultural education that is well-researched, readable, comprehensive, thought provoking and full of engaging stories and vignettes. His critical analysis of interculturality is anchored in discourses of globalization and power, human rights, dialogicality, social imaginaries, education and his book, above all, challenges essentialist and binary assumptions about culture and identity. This is one of those rare books that can serve as a very useful critical guide for both scholarly research and teaching. It is a book that gives readers rich theoretical tools and illuminating examples on how to understand and navigate the increasingly contentious and asymmetrical global/local intersections of the 21st century.” (Sunil Bhatia, Professor of Human Development, Connecticut College, USA)

“For teachers and researchers who struggle with knotty questions of what, how, and why in intercultural communication, this book is a must on your reading list. Its insightful exploration of theoretical frontiers is grounded in interesting and tricky real life scenarios. And its pointed deconstruction of many common issues will generate more constructive solutions. A thin book thick with ideas.”  (Professor Yihong Gao, Department of English, Peking University, China)