Sunday, February 10, 2013

Multiculturalism is not simply a juxtaposition of differing cultures.
It is a culture in it's own right, with it's own central principles to which participant cultures agree to submit.
Participant cultures are rarely by origin multicultural. Often it requires certain adaptations on part of the cultural adherents for a culture to become compatible with a multicultural society.
There is a vaguely defined and arbitrary distinction between public and private, a line that may be drawn differently in different multicultural societies, which requires cultures to cede the public realm to a common neutral ground.
Incompatible cultures which are reluctant to adapt, especially when the incompatibility is seen as a reflection of authenticity, and/or are reluctant to cede the public sphere, would come to see multiculturalism as a threat and they would in turn become a threat for the multicultural culture.

3 comments:

Alex H Swift said...

All 'multicultural' societies existing at present have a dominant culture. A truly multicultural society is an ideal still.

Brett Dackiewicz said...

celebrate what makes the similar, not what makes us different.

Mohammed Mohsin said...

A brief but honest assessment on multiculturalism. Well done!

Multiculturalism can truly be fruitful to society only if all participating and prevailing cultures in that society adapt to meet each others needs.

I fear, however, that all it ends up doing in the end is to excuse otherwise abhorrent actions - female genital mutilation, forced marriages - as a person's culture that should be respected and tolerated by society.

 

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