OPEN FORUM: Cultural Perspectives on Digital Inclusion

Marcello El Khouri Buzato

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This paper addresses the concept of digital inclusion as put forward by multiculturalism in contrast with alternative views of inclusion informed by hybridity theory, with a view to achieving a theoretical engagement between digital inclusion theory and the homogenisation-proliferation of difference dialectics that characterises globalisation. Whereas more conservative, essentialist forms of multiculturalism generate a political strategy that operates on a conception of culture that contemporary cultural theory itself disavows, certain views of hybridity are hardly compatible with the conventional political connotations of inclusion. This incommensurability between cultural theory and cultural politics calls for a reassessment of the very notion of inclusion, and provides a new set of questions regarding the role of new information and communication technologies in relation to cultural difference and social inequalities 

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El Khouri Buzato, Marcello, OPEN FORUM: Cultural Perspectives on Digital Inclusion. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2008, vol.10, no.2, pp. 262-280, UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol10/issue2/art9

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Marcelo El Khouri Buzato holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics and is a lecturer at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. He currently coordinates a research project on the effects of digital inclusion initiatives in language and literacy issues related to social development and cultural identities of social minorities in the country. E-mail: mbuzato(at)iel.unicamp.br

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