Educational challenges in a highly multi-ethnic neighborhood. The case of stores as intercultural arenas


Drawing on studies in intercultural pedagogy, informal learning and the sociomaterial perspective, the paper presents the results of a qualitative research interested in investigating what types of learning emerge as a result of frequenting stores located in a highly multi-ethnic neighborhood of a city in central Italy. The thesis from which the study was prompted is that certain urban spaces, such as the neighborhood store, are characterized by specific properties in terms of potential learning. Considering these places as emblematic contexts where intercultural learning processes can be detected, semi-structured interviews and moments of non-participant observation were used to detect how these phenomena take shape in the informal level, as emergent relational products of intra-actions between human and non-human elements.