Transculturalism: Exploring Beyond Multiculturalism and Interculturalism

Sharal T. Correa, Neeta Inamdar

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The fundamentals for recognition by a receiving culture diverge considerably from one nation to another. The notion of recognizing a culture discloses the argument that the requirement for integration depends not on one explicit fraternity, but noticeably with numerous constituents; for instance, the migrants themselves, the organizations, the receiving states, and societies. The models of multiculturalism and interculturalism were reputed to be the workable models consequential in stimulating integration and subsequently instigating the progress of humanity circumventing the trepidations of instituting a peaceful global society. However, the models of multiculturalism and interculturalism are purported to have ensued certain implications. Researchers in the area of cultural studies in this day and age recommend the model of transculturalism which may propose a remedy to all who want to experience some kind of emancipation from the throttleholds of their host cultures. This conceptual article attempts to delineate the journey of the erstwhile cultural models, multiculturalism and interculturalism, in brief and endeavors to underline the pragmatism of the model of transculturalism in the wide-ranging societal occurrences in the contemporary times. Through the wide-ranging and methodical literature review, incorporating and recommending new relations among the concepts is taken up. The study examines problems pertaining to integration and freedom of religion which may have been overridden by the concepts of multiculturalism and interculturalism. Subsequently, the concept of transculturalism is employed as an idea to study the phenomenon. Consequently, the article examines the relationship between religion and each of the three cultural models and analyzes how the model of transculturalism may be considerably a more accommodative approach with regard to religion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-73
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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