London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Majorities, Minorities and Democracy

Author(s) Helle Kjaerulff, Lars Monsen and Pavel Vacek  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Language English  
Age group -  
Introduction: The title suggests a certain contradiction or possibly tension between the majority and minority parts of our society. It also offers a solution to this problem which is accessible through means available in all societies based on democratic principles. Separate countries in today´s integrating Europe begin to share the same future. Borders especially between the EU countries are increasingly open and for many other reasons Europe is turning into a multi-connected continent which is naturally attractive for other non-European nations and ethnic group members, too. There is a rising number of areas inhabited by truly diverse groups of inhabitants. It is of general interest of all European countries to make the co-existence of majorities and minorities as harmonious and as satisfactory for both sides as possible. However, this harmony is conditioned by precautions in the area of law, business, social relations and so on that are being realized to some extent in all countries. Special attention is paid to education. In fact there is a specialized discipline most frequently called multicultural or multiethnic education (see below). We are strongly convinced that it is extremely useful to share experiences from implementing multicultural education in various countries so that the young generation in particular are able to positively perceive and evaluate cultural systems different from their own one and as a consequence, demonstrate an altered positive attitude in their behaviour - not only towards minority group members.

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