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10 / 09 / 2004
Josep Ramoneda: The word multiculturalism can reinforce the idea of "them" and "us"

The director of the Barcelona Center of Contemporary Culture participated in the Dialogue, "Promoting Coexistence and Security in the Information Society."

Josep Ramoneda, director of the Barcelona Center of Contemporary Culture pointed out that "the use of the word multiculturalism can reinforce the idea of "them" and "us," when it would be so much better to use the word "us" in connection with universal values, as the idea of difference can be used as an excuse to avoid respecting universal values."

Taking part in the seminar "Security and Cultural Diversity: Intercultural Dialogue and Mediation in the Digital Era", the journalist and Catalan philosopher referred to the fact that a certain degree of negligence from the left-wing in terms of security matters has led to the present danger of uncritically accepting security as an ideological concept, when "one of the basic reasons for the social contract is security."

According to his words there are peculiarities between the concepts of American and European security and in this sense he went on to warn against the dangerous trend of heading towards a model of "buying security, that is to say, reinforcing security mechanisms, which is easier than working on a policy of prevention."

In his intervention he also talked about the need to recover "the idea of communal assets, which has been abandoned" and he spoke in favor of 'pedagogy of security'. He also raised the issue of "the confusion between civilian security and political security" and "the deliberate association of emigration with violence, without there being reasons for this."

In the seminar "Security and Cultural Diversity: Intercultural Dialogue and Mediation in the Digital Era" several experiences of cultural and communitarian mediation in multicultural neighborhoods were also put forward.