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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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While Hollinger has not rank-ordered the blame, his article dwells much more on the inadequacies of the "communalist" vision that he sees lying at the heart of American Jewish historical writing, than on the multiculturalist impulse of the U.S.
Very likely, Congress has an "Arena B" mentality, thinking of world history in schools (if legislators think of it at all) as a device exclusively to advance multiculturalist or internationalist goals that might be read by voters as culturally disunifying or even far left-wing.
There is, however, an immediate counter to this argument by the multiculturalist. The importance of equality can be used to justify preferential treatment of members of minority cultures, since other things are arguably not equal morally speaking in this case.
No specific hypotheses were made for beliefs about Afrocentricity and multiculturalist attitudes.
Ideally, there should be no place for racism and antisemitism in the multiculturalist world imagined by the European Union, nor for any form of "exclusion" of the Other.
American multiculturalists, in effect, reject their country's cultural heritage; they wish to create a country that doesn't belong to any civilization, one devoid of a cultural core.
So how did the legend of an army of racist, sexist, classist dead white males (with their standard-bearers, the racist, sexist, classist live white males) and their heroic adversaries, the multiculturalists, come about?
(14) The argument underlying this has been well rehearsed in the multiculturalist literature: Its central thrust is that stable cultural groups are a necessary precondition for individuals to be able to meaningfully situate themselves in the world.
So are organized feminism's stance on affirmative action and its multiculturalist worry about offending the Muslim world by criticizing its reactionary traditions regarding women.
She effectively uses the story of Hare Krishna Movement's legal struggle to save the temple to highlight the weaknesses of the multiculturalist discourse when it comes to distinguish between the racial and the religious claims for representation.
The disruption of traditional narrative conventions created when women tell stories may be understood in terms of an equally diverse array of models, including formulations of l'ecriture feminine drawn from French theorists such as Helene Cixous, Julia Kristeva, and Luce Irigaray (Lawrence, Willingham); theories of queer subject constructions mounted by scholars like Judith Butler and Terry Castle (McWilliams, Griffin, Kinnan); post-colonialist and multiculturalist paradigms put forward by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Valerie Smith, Michele Wallace, and others (McWilliams, Willingham); or hypotheses about the role relationships play in the psychic development of females proposed by Carol Gilligan, Nancy Chodorow, and others (Griffin).

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