Interculturalism and Non-formal Education in Brazil: A Buberian Perspective

Educational Philosophy and Theory 44 (9):1024-1039 (2012)
Gilberto Freyre, the great Brazilian historian and sociologist, described Brazil as a ‘racial paradise’, a place where different races and nationalities have come to live together in a sort of ‘racial democracy’. The literature on this topic has become extensive as anthropologists, social scientists and historians felt the need to either prove or disprove such a claim. The argument that Brazil is a racial paradise or democracy is certainly romantic, even utopian; but it is true that Brazil has not experienced the sort of racial friction that has been found in places such as South Africa (e.g. apartheid) or the USA (e.g. segregation laws). This article analyses interculturalism and non-formal education in Brazilian society from the perspective of Martin Buber's philosophy of dialogue and demonstrates some of the advantages interculturalism has over multiculturalism. We further suggest that the example of modern and contemporary Brazil follows Martin Buber in ‘pointing the way’ for other countries and for other societies and cultures
Keywords interculturalism  dialogical education  Buber  Brazil  multiculturalism
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DOI 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00821.x
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Martin Buber (1957). Pointing the Way. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

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