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Deliberation in Multicultural Societies

Alice Siu and Dragan Stanisevski

in Democracy in Motion

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199899265
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980147 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899265.003.0005
Deliberation in Multicultural Societies

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This chapter examines the viability of public deliberation in multicultural societies. It questions the possibility of transcending cultural divisions and inequalities in inter-cultural deliberations. The chapter reviews the key critiques of efforts to engage in public deliberations in circumstances of inequality, exclusion, and marginalization and examines the evidence from the field. Connecting theory with practice the chapter further discusses relevant strategies for addressing inequalities and marginalization in public deliberations. It particularly examines the strategies for fostering greater inclusion of diverse participants in inter-cultural dialogues and for enabling deliberative civic engagement across cultural differences. In conclusion, the chapter elaborates on some limitations of strategies for overcoming the obstacles to inter-cultural deliberations and discusses the prospects of deliberative civic engagement in divided societies.

Keywords: civic engagement; deliberative democracy; exclusion; inequality; inter-cultural deliberations; marginalization; multiculturalism

Chapter.  8157 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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