Interculturalism: social policy and grassroots work
Report by Malcolm James. In 2008, for the first time the Baring Foundation funded the Awards for Bridging Cultures, run by the Institute for Community Cohesion. The awards are for grassroots work. This paper looks at the implications for social policy of the winning and commended applications. It builds on the author’s previous (2008) paper for the Foundation: Interculturalism: Theory and Policy. It offers a critique of the notion of interculturalism and its relationship to social cohesion policy arguing that they are often too focused on fixed notions of ethnicity and geography, denying the complexity of identity.