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cultural pluralism,

a term describing the coexistence of many cultures in a locality, without any one culture dominating the region. By making the broadest range of human differences acceptable to the largest number of people, multiculturalism seeks to overcome racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination.


the acknowledgement and promotion of cultural pluralism. In opposition to the tendency in modern societies to cultural unification and universalization, multiculturalism both celebrates and seeks to protect cultural variety (e.g. minority languages), while at the same time focusing on the often unequal relationship of minority to mainstream cultures. After decades of persecution, the prospects of indigenous or immigrant cultures are now helped somewhat by the support they receive from international public opinion and the international community (e.g. the United Nations). see also PLURAL SOCIETY.


(pop culture)

During comics’ Golden Age (1938–1954), the nascent medium of superhero comic books was overrun with cultural stereotypes, a manifestation of societal prejudices widely, and sometimes innocently, held at the time. Captain Aero’s “little Chinese pal,” Chop Suey; the Lone Ranger’s “faithful Indian companion,” Tonto; and Mandrake the Magician’s “obedient African aide”, Lothar, were among the characters that marginalized the value of minorities.

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Though it seems that the cultural interpreter model is most needed for multicultural organizations to manage successful relationships with multicultural publics, the model is far less than perfect.
In this study, active users' addressee includes the multicultural organizations (provider) and other publics.
As an attempt to secure employment, volunteer work in multicultural organizations was an individualistic response to an individual woman's employment problem; however, the social nature of the activity had consequences for an entire community of people that the multicultural organization served and for the larger Canadian multicultural society.
Such ghettoization has been documented even among the paid workers of immigrant settlement and multicultural organizations (Lee, 1999:74).
Other support efforts that help achieve the goal of the multicultural organization also exist.
People at this stage will become champions for diversity and will adopt policies that will cultivate multicultural organizations.
Cox (1991) offers a definition of multicultural organizations and suggests strategies for creating them, including flexible work policies and reward systems that tie managers' compensation and promotion to their diversity efforts.
It focuses on the integration of multicultural organizations in the global automotive industry to increase their effectiveness across borders.
Over the past decade, Dell has partnered with multicultural organizations to support access to technology, talent, and business and education opportunities.
Global Synergies' focus is integrating multicultural organizations in the global automotive industry with seminars, workshops, individual and team coaching using proven practices.
As part of Commission's action, the Commission approved funding for programs on a one-year term basis and addressed a variety of community needs through agreements with local school districts, community non-profit agencies and multicultural organizations.
Prudential is well-regarded for its workforce-diversity initiatives, particularly its work/life efforts and its outreach programs to students and multicultural organizations, and its growing ability to reach new customer markets," DiversityInc.

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