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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 conservative counterattack requires the deployment of patriotism, a weapon many fold more powerful than the multiculturalists' counterpart: loyalty to identity group or hatred of the oppressive "other" (i.e., white males).
the french state reacted to this multiculturalist challenge with a top-down approach which sought to restrict the public expression of minority religious identities.
I want to make clear that I applaud the agendas of the multiculturalists and pragmatists: to live together in tolerance and respect, to work together in solving problems that threaten us all.
(51) But few of these prominent critics now reject a multicultural citizenry, as they recognise, as we say above, that it is inescapable without an unacceptable level of coercion, and, like leading politicians, they now also publicly advocate what multiculturalists began to in 1974, namely 'Britishness' being more inclusive.
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In short, both (critical) interculturalists and multiculturalists generally are in agreement that multiculturality is a factual condition of the most contemporary societies today.
Although the implications of selected theories for New Zealand's particularities are discussed throughout, Bromell never goes as far as I think he could towards developing a distinctive, New Zealand-inspired critique and synthesis of contemporary multiculturalist and anti-multiculturalist doctrines.
Has not the multiculturalist discourse taught us the dogma that there are people who may act in ways which seem crazy to us, but if these ways form a particular culture we should call them different, rather than mad?
Others believe that if multiculturalists have their way too much time will be spent on a "feel good" pedagogy versus learning "accurate" and pertinent information as it pertains to the curriculum.
The multiculturalists of today are far more eager to use government power and social pressure to stifle opinions with which they disagree than the liberals of the Pentagon Papers era.
I WONDER how many people there are who pontificate about the British National Party being somehow extreme, yet have never read the BNP newspaper 'The Voice of Freedom', where one can find the party's policies - other than those distorted by the leftist multiculturalists for their own ends.

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