Ever since the 1980s-1990s, multiculturalism has had both its advocates and its critics. While the support long outweighed the critique, the tide seemed to change at the beginning of the new millennium. Critical voices have become more numerous and vigorous. The critiques have increasingly merged into a growing chorus of concern and a popular refrain about the failure, decline and even death of multiculturalism. While ‘multiculturalism’ has become the proverbial punching bag, ‘interculturalism’ has been increasingly put forward as a distinct and much welcome alternative. In this Special Issue, edited by François Levrau and Patrick Loobuyck, original perspectives are brought together aiming to clarify and advance the ‘Multiculturalism-Interculturalism Debate’. To what extent does interculturalism provide a different approach to deal with ethno-cultural diversity? Does it complement multiculturalism or is it just a relabelling that does not go beyond selling old wine in new bottles? Tariq Modood and Ricard Zapata-Barrero, two of  the leading proponents of this debate, each provide a seperate and independent key text which will be critically assessed by 6 guest authors: Tamar de Waal, Christian Joppke, Riva Kastoryano, François Levrau, Jocelyn Maclure and Stijn Oosterlynck. 

Guest Editors: 

François Levrau, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Patrick Loobuyck, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Original Article
Must Interculturalists Misrepresent Multiculturalism? 
Tariq Modood
Comparative Migration Studies
Published: 8 September 2017


Original Article
Interculturalism in the post-multicultural debate: a defence
Ricard Zapata-Barrero
Comparative Migration Studies
Published: 4 September 2017

Commentaries to follow


Latest Tweets

Back content

Volumes 1 and 2 of Comparative Migration Studies are available here​​​​​​​

Article Processing Charges

The publication costs for Comparative Migration Studies are covered by IMISCOE, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.