Multiculturalism describes the existence, acceptance, and/or promotion of multiple cultural traditions within a single jurisdiction, usually considered in terms of the culture associated with an aboriginal ethnic group and foreigner ethnic groups.
An ethnic group or ethnicity is a category of people who identify with each other based on similarities, such as common language, ancestral, social, cultural, or national experiences.
Multiculturalism Has Failed by Rebel Media
This can happen when a jurisdiction is created or expanded by amalgamating areas with two or more different cultures or through immigration from different jurisdictions around the world.
Thomas Sowell - The Reality Of Multiculturalism by LibertyPen
Multicultural ideologies and policies vary widely, ranging from the advocacy of equal respect to the various cultures in a society, to a policy of promoting the maintenance of cultural diversity, to policies in which people of various ethnic and religious groups are addressed by the authorities as defined by the group to which they belong.
Cultural diversity is the quality of diverse or different cultures, as opposed to monoculture, the global monoculture, or a homogenization of cultures, akin to cultural decay.
Multiculturalism that promotes maintaining the distinctiveness of multiple cultures is often contrasted to other settlement policies such as social integration, cultural assimilation and racial segregation.
Social integration is a dynamic and structured process in which all members participate in dialogue to achieve and maintain peaceful social relations.
Cultural assimilation is the process by which a person's or group's culture come to resemble those of another group.
Segregation is the separation of humans into ethnic or racial groups in daily life.
Multiculturalism has been described as a "salad bowl" and "cultural mosaic".
"Cultural mosaic" is the mix of ethnic groups, languages, and cultures that coexist within society.
Two different and seemingly inconsistent strategies have developed through different government policies and strategies.
The first focuses on interaction and communication between different cultures; this approach is also often known as interculturalism.
Interculturalism refers to support for cross-cultural dialogue and challenging self-segregation tendencies within cultures.
The second centers on diversity and cultural uniqueness which can sometimes result in intercultural competition over jobs among other things and may lead to ethnic conflict.
Cultural isolation can protect the uniqueness of the local culture of a nation or area and also contribute to global cultural diversity.
A nation is a large group or collective of people with common characteristics attributed to them — including language, traditions, mores, habitus, and ethnicity.
A common aspect of many policies following the second approach is that they avoid presenting any specific ethnic, religious, or cultural community values as central.