A review of articles on multiculturalism in 35 years of IJIR

Lily A. Arasaratnam*

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This article is a review of literature on multiculturalism in 35 years of publications in IJIR, spanning from the first issue of IJIR in 1977 to the current issue in May 2012. The review includes empirical and theoretical articles alone. Multiculturalism is discussed in light of demographic, policy, and psychological aspects. An inductive thematic analysis revealed four themes, namely, Multicultural Education, Attitudes toward Multiculturalism, Multicultural Interactions, and Multicultural Identity. Each of these themes is discussed, and the implications of the findings are explored. It is noted that policy and practice are yet to be refined to match the ideology of multiculturalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)676-685
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • Literature review
  • Multiculturalism
  • Thematic analysis


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