1st Edition

Education and Intercultural Identity A Dialogue between Zygmunt Bauman and Agostino Portera

    84 Pages
    by Routledge

    84 Pages
    by Routledge

    Education and Intercultural Identity offers a dialogue between influential authors Zygmunt Bauman and Agostino Portera that reflects on and discusses contemporary events and issues relating to the crisis of global normativity, education and intercultural identity.

    Centered around a previously unpublished dialogue between Bauman and Portera, the book contains an extended introduction by Riccardo Mazzeo that traces key themes in the dialogue and highlights the importance of education in our globalized world. The book highlights that intercultural and multicultural education is the best developed model to meet modern day challenges that include religious pluralism, pollution, and conflict. It also contains timely material relating to significant issues affecting society today; including the refugee crisis, rising authoritarian nationalism, and the risks and challenges of globalisation and sustainability.

    This book will be of great interest for academics, scholars and students in the fields of intercultural education, sociology and the sociology of education.

    Part 1: Introduction (Riccardo Mazzeo)


    Part 2: The dialogue between the authors (Zygmunt Bauman and Agostino Portera)

    1. Risks and challenges of globalisation, interdependence and cultural pluralism

    2. Religious pluralism: clash of civilisations or opportunity of encounter?

    3. Pollution and loss of biodiversity: is the human species at risk of extinction?

    4. Identity in a time of glocalization and liquid modernity

    Part 3: Conclusions (Agostino Portera)



    Zygmunt Bauman has been one of the most influent sociologists of the last century and of the first two decades of the present century. Among his dozens of books, Modernity and the Holocaust and Liquid Modernity.

    Agostino Portera is Professor at the University of Verona, Italy and visiting Professor all over the world. As a prominent expert of intercultural studies he has published many books in Italian and English.

    Riccardo Mazzeo is an editor, an essayist and a translator. His published books include In Education and In Praise of Literature with Zygmunt Bauman.