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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper



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The concepts of multiculturalism and legal pluralism, in being very valuable assets, may in the context of their various interpretations serve as tools for resolving social conflicts, but conversely they can also generate them. The assumption is that multiculturalism and legal pluralism lead to harmonious coexistence of different societies within the same state. However, it is necessary to talk about difficult "critical issues", especially in context of women, children and other marginalized groups rights. Using examples from several Latin American countries this paper intends to: 1) present negligence on the part of the state as an institution which is responsible for the implementation of legal provisions that recognizes multiculturalism, including the use of traditional law of indigenous peoples, and that usually fails to comply with its obligations; 2) identify elements that are catalysts for generating processes in which the principles of multiculturalism may be incompatible with the concept of multiculturalism as promoted by UNESCO. A reflection on these processes and elements seems to be essential for intercultural dialogue, as well as for the debate on multiculturalism and legal pluralism that assumes communicational (consensual) rationality of the subjects.