22nd set, 2011

Multiculturalism: what does it mean?

There are different views on this topic. Here two of them:

Definition

Celebrating human diversity by willingly promoting legal, political, and social recognition of cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious differences.

(from: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/multiculturalism.html)

“Diversity is also known as multiculturalism. Simply put this subject is concerned with the interactions of multiple cultures, ethnic or otherwise, and the level of equality that these cultures experience. Multiculturalism is currently a growing topic of concern around the world. It has been shown that groups that have more cultural diversity perform better on a wide array of tasks and tests. It is thought that because these groups have a broader base of experiences that they have more specialized knowledge to draw upon that a homogeneous group”

(from: http://thesocialworkexam.com/category/multiculturalism)

However, there are controversial views on the topic as well.

In his speech, which has provoked a political storm, British Prime Minister David Cameron defines “the doctrine of state multiculturalism” as a strategy which has “encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream”. (source here)

But why am I talking about multiculturalism? You might ask…

Well, because this is what we’ll start focusing pretty soon on our classes. Yet, we’ll of course limit our scope of interest to that first definition I reproduced above from Business Dictionary –

We’ll celebrate cultural diversity this bimester.

 

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