Cultural Democracy

Cultural Democracy is our vision for more inclusive societies where all ethnic and cultural groups can 'be active participants in the world with an equal right to the cultural, economic and political power available within society' (Aldridge, 2000:103).

Key Principles of Cultural Democracy

  • Cultural difference is a naturally occuring feature within the human family.
  • In diverse societies all ethnic and cultural groups have the right to equality of opportunity and equal access to social power.

Quotes From Key Cultural Democracy Theorists

"Power means to have a 'voice', that is the capacity to define oneself as an active participant in the world rather than a passive victim" (Aldridge, 2000:101)

"Culture and power are linked and must be understood within the context of historical struggles for voice, participation and self-determination" (Darder, 1994:31)

In culturally democractic societies, "positions of power are redefined in politically equitable, representative and fair terms…" (Darder, 1994:31)


Aldridge, Delores.(2000). On race and culture: beyond Afrocentrism, Eurocentrism to cultural democracy. Sociological Focus. 33(1):95-107.

Darder, Antonia. (1994). Institutional research as a tool for cultural democracy. New Directions for Institutional Research. 81:21-34.



Gabriel, D., & Hylton, K. A Sense of Belonging? Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Higher Education. London: Trentham Books, For submission July 2017


Gabriel, D., & Hylton, K. Culturally Democratic Voices: Enhancing Race Equality Through Minority Staff Experiences.


Gabriel, D., & Richards, A. Social Justice Pedagogy and Cultural Democracy: Promoting Inclusion and Equality in Further and Higher Education

Presentation at the IAFOR International Conference on Education: Education and Social Justice 8-11 January 2016 in Hawaii, USA

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