Intercultural policy in times of crisis: theory and practice in the case of Turin, Italy

Comparative Migration Studies. 2017;5(1):1-16 DOI 10.1186/s40878-017-0055-1

 

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Journal Title: Comparative Migration Studies

ISSN: 2214-594X (Online)

Publisher: SpringerOpen

Society/Institution: IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion)

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Communities. Classes. Races: Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology: City population. Including children in cities, immigration

Country of publisher: Netherlands

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS


Tiziana Caponio (Department of Cultures, Politics and Society – University of Turin, and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

Davide Donatiello (Department of Cultures, Politics and Society – University of Turin)

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Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 13 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Abstract In this article we analyse how interculturalism, intended as a new paradigm of immigrant integration policies, has been taking shape in an Italian city, i.e. Turin, in the context of the current economic crisis. We argue for the necessity of going beyond official statements on intercultural policy by undertaking a comparative analysis of policy practices in three Neighbourhood Houses (NHs, Case del quartiere), which are defined by the Municipality as open and intercultural spaces in which associations and citizens can develop activities aimed at expressing different cultural backgrounds, fostering participation and supporting social inclusion. The study shows how the three NHs pursue different approaches – social, cultural or more political – to interculturalism, somewhat reflecting the social and structural context in which the three NHs were established, as well as problem definitions and policy frames of the founding organisations.