Caring multiculturalism: power and transformation in diverse societies

Scuzzarello, Sarah (2015) Caring multiculturalism: power and transformation in diverse societies. Feminist Theory, 16 (1). pp. 67-86. ISSN 1464-7001

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This article offers an alternative approach to multicultural theories, called ‘caring multiculturalism’. It argues that, despite good intentions, multicultural theory reproduces rhetoric that constructs groups as substantive entities, which leaves little room to accommodate changing power relations. Caring multiculturalism, drawing on caring ethics, feminist critiques of multiculturalism and discursive social psychology, advocates instead the contextualisation of groups’ claims to diversity and of governments’ practices of multiculturalism. As a framework rooted in discursive psychology, caring multiculturalism sees individual and collective identities as relational, negotiated and political, and therefore non-totalising and changeable. As a feminist approach to multiculturalism, it analyses and attempts to change gendered power asymmetries embedded in intra- and intergroup relations by advocating an attentive and responsive approach to the needs and claims of minority groups and of the individuals within them. The article outlines the main tenets of caring multiculturalism with illustrations from multicultural practices in three European municipalities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Caring ethics, caring multiculturalism, migrants’ integration, multicultural theory, relational ontology
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Sarah Scuzzarello
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 09:10
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 09:10
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