A City on the Go: Designing Intercultural Policies in Reggio Emilia

  • Damiano Razzoli
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


The city of Reggio Emilia in Italy has promoted intercultural governance governance since 2001. Strategies to reinforce intercultural principles have endured to the extent that integration policies focus on the cultural and educational needs of the population, thus strengthening networks at several levels. The notion of “narrative capital” (generally applied to individuals) is also relevant for understanding cities in their search for the best way to improve social cohesion through intercultural dialogue. This text is divided in three sections: the first is about the influence of contextual factors on the process of policy design. The second is about strategies for coping with rapid social change (especially with regard to the importance of networking). The third section examines intercultural programmes and long-term strategic planning.



Many thanks for the contribution to this paper to Serena Foracchia (Deputy Mayor of International Affairs, City of Reggio Emilia), Bruno Ciancio (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), Keizo Yamawaki (Meiji University, Tokyo). Thanks also for the support to the staff of Intercultural Centre Mondinsieme.


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  • Damiano Razzoli
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  1. 1.University of Modena and City of Reggio EmiliaReggio EmiliaItaly

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