multiculturalism

multiculturalism

[muhl-tee-kuhl-cher-uh-liz-uhm, muhl-tahy-]
noun
1.
the state or condition of being multicultural.
2.
the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation.

Origin:
1960–65; multicultural + -ism

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multiculturalism (ˌmʌltɪˈkʌltʃərəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the state or condition of being multicultural
2.  the policy of maintaining a diversity of ethnic cultures within a community
 
multiculturalist
 
adj, —n

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Main Entry:  multiculturalism
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See cultural pluralism
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multiculturalism
1965, from multicultural + -ism.
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multiculturalism definition


The view that the various cultures in a society merit equal respect and scholarly interest. It became a significant force in American society in the 1970s and 1980s as African-Americans, Latinos, and other ethnic groups explored their own history.

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