Intercultural Universities in Mexico: Identity and Exclusion
Journal of Latin American Studies
Cambridge University Press
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Lehmann, D. (2013). Intercultural Universities in Mexico: Identity and Exclusion. Journal of Latin American Studies, 45 779-811. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X13001193
The purpose of this paper is to explore the ethos of interculturalidad in Mexico's recently founded universidades interculturales. On the basis of documentation and interviews with faculty in five universities, institutionalisation of intercultural higher education within the state sector can be seen to have created a space in which the politics of recognition meet the radical ideas of educators in the tradition of constructivism and educación popular. Intercultural higher education does not select students on the basis of race, but the location of the campuses and the content of courses are designed to attract indigenous students. The introduction of field research early in the undergraduate course should transform the relationship between students and their communities of origin, and prepare them for leadership roles. The article concludes with a critique of what it calls ‘hard’ multiculturalism.
This research for this paper was funded by a British Academy large grant entitled ‘Multiculturalism in Latin America: a study in the diffusion of ideas’ which lasted from 2006 to 2011.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022216X13001193
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/245069