plural society

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plural society

any society in which there exists a formal division into distinct racial, linguistic or religious groupings. Such distinctions may be horizontal (see also SOCIAL STRATIFICATION) or vertical (see PILLARIZATION). See also MULTICULTURALISM; compare PLURALISM.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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The contending paradigms to conflict management in plural societies are also highlighted here.
"As Muslims, we should have no problem living in plural societies," he said, citing examples from the Holy Qur'an and from the life of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
In reality the states are plural societies with many national, sub-national, religious, professional, racial, linguistic and geographic identities.
"In the past 10 years, Rabushka has travelled to more than 25 countries to investigate freeports and plural societies. To the extent that multiracial societies have a maximum of economic freedom for individuals, they tend to have racial harmony,' Rabushka says.
"In the face of transformations that are challenging the world and the emergence of plural societies, every language provides a key to living together better, to building solidarity and to helping each other to be heard.
The author does a fine job in giving conceptual coherence to the vast amount of materials that he harnesses in making sense of Muslims' thought and its ramifications for the wider plural societies in which they live.
Overall, though, human rights as an instrument of state policy became largely acceptable across a wide spectrum of plural societies.
A preliminary benefit of the latter efforts, in the words of John Berry, the prominent cross-cultural psychologist, is greater scientific acculturation and integration of information from different regions of the world and from diverse ethnic groups within plural societies such as the United States, Brazil, South Africa, and England.
"This visit marks a continuation of a longstanding relationship between QFIS and Thailand," he stated while observing that the engagement of contemporary Muslim communities within plural societies is of interest to both the parties.
Furthermore, in ethnically and religiously plural societies, each domestic group has an extension in neighboring countries.
A West Asian region that can realize its full potential, live in peace and harmony and join the comity of democratic and plural societies will contribute greatly to human progress and peace in the 21st Century,' he added.