chapter  1
30 Pages

Distant lands and the everyday

WithAdrian Holliday, Sara Amadasi

In this book, we try to move how we think of the intercultural to another place. The core concept of deCentring involves pulling away from the established, false, Centre notion of bounded, homogenous, separate, large cultures associated with nation, ethnicity and religion. We follow much critical sociology in defining the Centre as interrelated dominant structures, discourses and narratives which define and reproduce a world order. We characterise large cultures as Centre forces because they impose structures which confine and reduce people, who are presumed to be contained by them, to prescribed stereotypes. It is for this reason that we write this book to attempt a demonstration of how deCentring the intercultural is necessary if we are to address the prejudices that arise from these Centre, large culture forces. DeCentring the intercultural in no way denies diversity, but refuses to bind it in large culture blocks.