Multicultural Brazil in the BRICS Countries: Potentials for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Space and Culture, India

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Title Multicultural Brazil in the BRICS Countries: Potentials for the Social Sciences and Humanities
 
Creator Ivenicki, Ana
 
Subject Key words: multiculturalism; Brazil; BRIC countries; new epistemologies; Social Sciences and Humanities.
Humanities
Social Sciences
Education
BRICS
 
Description This study argues a case for multiculturalism as a possible approach for addressing the complexities of societies such as the BRICS, taking Brazil as a case study. It contends that knowledge derived from such a study can benefit Social Studies and Humanities worldwide, particularly considering that cultural diversity has been increasingly present due to globalisation, internationalisation and growing mobility of groups of people, including refugees all over the world, requiring new epistemologies and narratives in research. The paper firstly analyses the concept of multiculturalism, discussing its perspectives from more liberal approaches up to more critical, postcolonial and decolonial perspectives that focus on the challenge of prejudices that operate in terms of control and denial of pluralism. It discusses the multicultural composition of the population of Brazil as a BRICS country, analysing its main geographical and population characteristics. The main focus of the paper is to delve in the ways that Brazilian educational policies have been trying to address both international standards and the valuing of cultural identities and equity-oriented approaches that are inclusive and multicultural. It particularly focuses on the National Plan for Education and of the recent project for higher education institutions (called “Future-se”). Finally, it concludes by pointing out tensions and possibilities of such Brazilian endeavours in the context of the BRICS countries. Such a study may be relevant comparatively, hopefully providing reflections for new epistemologies and the potential value of these for the Social Sciences and Humanities.
 
Publisher Alliance for Community Capacity Building
 
Date 2020-05-08
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-Reviewed Articles
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://spaceandculture.in/index.php/spaceandculture/article/view/641
10.20896/saci.v7i5.641
 
Source Space and Culture, India; Vol 7 No 5 (2020): Space and Culture, India; 14-22
2052-8396
10.20896/saci.v7i5
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://spaceandculture.in/index.php/spaceandculture/article/view/641/378
10.20896/saci.v7i5.641.g378
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Ana Ivenicki
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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