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multiculturalism

or

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.

multiculturalism

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.

Multiculturalism

(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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The importance of creating a multicultural organization that celebrates differences is good business for a number of reasons including the bottom line.
(3.) Cox, Jr., T., "The Multicultural Organization," Academy of Management Executive, 5, 1991, 34-47.
One important goal of camp organizations ought to be developing multicultural organizations that reflect the contributions and interests of diverse cultural and social groups.
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Fine identified two newer research perspectives,(2) the interpretive and the critical perspectives, that are more compatible with the problematics of diversity, and called for research studies that examine the social construction of gender, race, and class, and how culturally diverse individuals in organizations create multicultural organizations.
Fine's (1993) call for research on how individuals create multicultural organizations echoed an earlier article (Fine, 1991), in which she proposed a two-part framework for understanding multicultural communication in organizations.
In future research, we hope to expand language, intercultural training, and peer mentoring programs in multicultural organizations to help bridge some of the cultural distance that exists between Canadian-born employees and internationally educated professionals.
This model is suitable for an organization that conducts business in another country as well as in local multicultural organizations (Grunig et al., 1995).
If we combine the category of civic organizations together with women's, political and cultural ones, we can safely say that the immigrant women of this study are heavily involved in wider social and political issues (at the local, national and possibly transnational levels (21)) an d in multicultural organizations rather than in ethnic organizations' activities and issues alone.
It is suggested that the distinction between these three functions may provide the conceptual language better to examine developmental relationships in multicultural organizations.
Bensimon and Tierney (1992-93) state, "Multiculturalism is a complex set of relationships framed around issues of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and power" (1992-93, 5); they then go on to define it attributionally: "One of the struggles in multicultural organizations is to understand the commonalities and differences among under represented groups, and to develop an appreciation of how an understanding of these characteristics might create alliances for change" (1992-93, 5).
This practical guide also features comprehensive lists of multicultural organizations, publications, national agencies, videos, Web sites, and more.

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