Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Multiculturalism

The view of cultural diversity in a country as something good and desirable is called multiculturalism.The multicultural model is the opposite of assimilationist model in which the minorities are expected to abandon their cultural traditions and values,replacing them with those of the majority population.

The multiculturalist view encourages the practice of cultural-ethnic traditions.A multicultural society socializes individuals not only into the dominant culture but also into an ethnic culture.

Multiculturalism seeks ways for people to understand and interact that donot depend on sameness but rather on respect for differences.Multiculturalism stresses the interaction of ethnic groups and their contribution to the country.It assumes that each group has something to offer to and learn from the others.

The global scale of modern migration introduces unparalleled ethnic variety to host nations.Multiculturalism is related to globalization where people use modern means of transportation to migrate to nations whose lifestyles they learn about through the media and other sources.


In a world with growing rural-urban and transnational migration,ethnic identities  are used increasingly to form organiations focused on enhancing the group's economic competitiveness.People claim and express ethnic identities for political and economic reasons.

The United States and Canada are becoming increasingly multicultural focusing on their internal diversity.

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