Europe is a multi-ethnic society experiencing a rise of anti-immigration, racist, xenophobic discourses, and right-wing political rhetoric and movements proposing legislation to further solidify structural inequality and institutionalized systems of oppression that fuel educational inequities. Social Justice Education in European Multi-ethnic Schools brings together researchers in the fields of sociology and education to examine debates in multicultural education. Drawing on critical theory, the book takes an in-depth look at how these challenges are being addressed (or not addressed) in educational contexts and in the proposed framework of intercultural education adopted as a conceptual and educational framework by the European Union over the last two decades.
The book begins with an analysis of the sociological models and theories of migration and their connection to multiculturalism and interculturalism. It engages in the current debate between multiculturalism and interculturalism, bringing to light the "political rhetoric" that fueled narratives about the "failures" of multiculturalism, which ushered in the intercultural framework. It puts forth a critical analysis of interculturalism, linking it to neoliberalism, and policies of civic integration and the concept of govermentality. Advocating for a transformative framework informed in social justice education that aims to promote more equity in schools, it critically analyzes and discusses intercultural education, the pedagogical extension of interculturalism, as per the European documents highlighting its goals, pedagogies, tensions, and challenges.
Social Justice Education in European Multi-ethnic Schools will be of great interest to academics, researchers, and scholars in the fields of intercultural, multicultural, and transformative education.
"Immigration is the issue of our times. It is polarizing politics in Europe and North America and leaving those directly affected by the experience targeted, discriminated against, and frequently, marginalized. This important new book provides scholarly perspectives on the various factors influencing immigration and the adaptation of immigrants to the lands where they settle. Well researched and far-reaching in its scope and relevance, this book will be an invaluable resource to those who seek to understand a social phenomenon that will define our lives for many years to come."
Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools, University of California Los Angeles Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.
"As multiculturalism has been declared dead across Europe, interculturalism has been embraced with enthusiasm by policy-makers, academics, and educators. This valuable study exposes the vacuity of the new speak, which ignores widening power disparities and inequality in our brave new neoliberal world."
Christian Joppke, Professor of Sociology, Executive Director, Institute of Sociology, University of Berne, Switzerland.
"Full of important, often critical, framing. Pica-Smith, Contini, and Veloria nudge us toward a deeper, more sophisticated, more transformative view of intercultural education . . . They wrap a critical view around frameworks and practices that tend to be depoliticized in schools prior to implementation, urging us toward integrity despite all the possible detours."
Paul C. Gorski, PhD, Founder and Director of the Equity Literacy Institute.
"An important part of intellectual work, especially in social sciences, consists in deconstructing public discourse and official policies, showing their shortcomings or implicit biases. This is precisely what I find most relevant in this book. It has the value of critically analysing the meaning and the implications of intercultural education, setting it in relation to educational and social justice. It is the right book at the right moment, and it deserves wide circulation among a public of educational experts, scholars and practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic."
Maurizio Ambrosini, Professor of Sociology of Migration, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy.
"One of the most poignant contributions of Social Justice Education in European Multi-ethnic Schools is its emphasis on critically analyzing and enacting practices over words. At best, words in our current globalized context are craftier, sexier and more sophisticated but have remained a convenient distraction to politically dangerous trends that continue to justify the disparities gravely affecting our world. With careful clarity, rooted in sociopolitical perspectives on interculturalism vis-a-vis issues impacting diversity in the European education context, Pica-Smith, Contini and Veloria's offer a framework to go beyond words; beyond simple beautifully worded concepts in order to promote critical change toward lived socially just practice."
Dr. Laura A. Valdiviezo, Ed.D, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, Affiliated Faculty, Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies.
FOREWORD: BY PAUL GORSKY
INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION: ORIGINS, CURRENT THINKING, PRACTICE AND CRITIQUES
CHAPTER 1: SOCIAL THEORIES OF MIGRATION, POLITICAL REALITIES, AND THE RISE OF INTERCULTURALISM
CHAPTER 2: INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION: THEORETICAL MODEL AND STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTATION
CHAPTER 3: TALKING BACK: CRITICAL THEORY AND CRITICAL PEDAGOGY
CHAPTER 4: INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION IN ITALIAN SCHOOLS: A CASE STUDY
THEORY IN PRACTICE: "US AND THEM", INTERGROUP FRIENDSHIPS, INTERGROUP DIALOGUE, AND THE PROMISE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION
CHAPTER 5: "US AND THEM," THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF RACE, INTERSECTIONALITY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF DISCUSSING RACE
CHAPTER 6: INTERGROUP RELATIONSHIPS IN SCHOOL, INTERGROUP CONTACT, & PREJUDICE REDUCTION: IS IT ENOUGH?
CHAPTER 7: SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION AND ANTI-COLONIAL EDUCATIONAL FRAMEWORKS AND PEDAGOGY
AFTERWORD: BY MAURIZIO AMBROSINI
This is a series that offers a global platform to engage scholars in continuous academic debate on key challenges and the latest thinking on issues in the fast growing field of International and Comparative Education.