Introduction to Intercultural Studies

Innovative new book presenting intercultural theories and themes in an accessible style, facilitating an exploration of the many challenging and contemporary issues in our society today.

  • Introduces the key definitions underpinning interculturalism: culture, nationalism, colonialism, ethnicity, racism, segregation, sectarianism and xenophobia.

  • Positions the areas of history, sociology, religion,legislation, music, media and current affairs within the arena of intercultural studies.

  • Encourages analysis of one’s own attitudes, values and culture as well as developing a respect for diversity.

  • Irish statistics and legislation provide an accurate picture of our society.

  • A focus on the Irish experience of intercultural issues compares our own past as emigrants worldwide to the current reception of immigrants in Ireland.

  • Carefully selected cases and examples, revision questions and project and learner record tips feature in each chapter.

  • Using a conversational and accessible approach, this book assumes no prior knowledge of the subject.

  • Details the importance of designing appropriate survey methods for research purposes.

Written For:

FETAC Level 5 Intercultural Studies (5N0765) component as part of the following major awards:
Business Studies [5M2102]
Applied Social Studies [5M2181]
Community Development [5M3050]
Language and European Studies[5M2073]

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Publication Date

March 2013




Paperback, 208 pages

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Chapter 1: An Intercultural Society
Case Study: Apartheid in South Africa

Chapter 2: Socialisation and Attitudes to Difference
Case study: Jane Elliott and the blue eyes/brown eyes exercise
Case study: The Six Cultures study of child rearing – socialisation in the family
Case study: The Pygmalion effect – positive and negative expectations in the classroom

Chapter 3: Religious Belief, Difference, Conflict and Change
Case Studies on Religious Conflict

Chapter 4: Research Methods and Culture Shock

Chapter 5: Prejudice
Case Studies on Genocide in World War II Germany and Rwanda.

Chapter 6: Colonialism and Racism
Case Study: African-Americans – from slavery to the present day

Chapter 7: The Print Media, Attitudes and Objectivity

Chapter 8: Ethnicity and Culture in Television, Cinema and Music

Chapter 9: Legislation, th


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By Ríoghnat Crotty

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Ríoghnat Crotty has a BA in English Literature and a HDip in Education (Secondary). She has taught at secondary and primary level in both mainstream education and as a language support teacher for new students.

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