Intercultural policy in times of crisis: theory and practice in the case of Turin, Italy

In this article, the authors analyse how interculturalism, intended as a new paradigm of immigrant integration policies, has been taking shape in an Italian city, Turin, in the context of the current economic crisis. We argue for the necessity of going beyond official statements on intercultural policy by undertaking a comparative analysis of policy practices in three Neighbourhood Houses (NHs, Case del quartiere), which are defined by the Municipality as open and intercultural spaces in which associations and citizens can develop activities aimed at expressing different cultural backgrounds, fostering participation and supporting social inclusion. The study shows how the three NHs pursue different approaches social, cultural or more political to interculturalism, somewhat reflecting the social and structural context in which the three NHs were established, as well as problem definitions and policy frames of the founding organisations.

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Tiziana Caponio and Davide Donatiello