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According to the article, multiculturalism "...encourages [immigrant] communities to participate fully in society by enhancing their level of economic, social, and cultural integration into the host culture(s)." That sounds like assimilation to me, not multiculturalism! 184.108.40.206 (talk) 00:19, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
I think the idea, I'm no expert, is that multiculturalism encourages people with an ethnic background to maintain their culture AND also integrate into national life. For example, Hispanics who continue to maintain and celebrate their culture and language in the United States should not suffer a diminution in status because of that, nor should any other ethnic group. User:Fred BauderTalk 12:13, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
"Ethnic" background ? Everyone has a ethnic background. You should clarify what you are trying to say. 220.127.116.11 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 08:23, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
Clarify? A jew liberal cannot do that my friend. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 09:56, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
Inappropriate to Merge with Multiculturalism
It is utterly inappropriate to merge the article for Interculturalism with that for Multiculturalism. The whole point of interculturalism is that it is distinct from multiculturalism. While multiculturalism prioritizes the preservation of cultures as separate but equal sub-groupings within society (for example - with parents raising children to continue their cultural beliefs and practices), interculturalism welcomes exchange and hybridization of cultures and values. It is not the intent of interculturalism to have "newcomers" assimilate into a dominant, matrix culture, or to have different cultures "melt" into one uniform culture. Rather, interculturalism aims to maintain a space in which individuals born into one culture are free and supported in picking in choosing elements from other cultures. While assimilationists might envision the children of Muslim immigrants to Quebec adopting christianity, and multiculturalists envision muslim parents raising muslim children, interculturalists envision a society where the children of Muslim parents grow up to be Bhuddists, and where the children of Jewish and Catholic parents adopt Islam. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 01:40, 12 June 2013 (UTC)
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Does multiculturalism mean equality of cultures?
Can we call "multicultural" a state/society with many cultures but with some of them dominant and others subdominant? We read in the article Ottoman Greece that "Ottoman Greece was a multiethnic and multicultural society". Multiethnic certainly it was, but multicultural? It is perfectly documented that the muslims/Turks were the dominant class and Christians and Jews had limited rights as "infidels". This social and legal status was based on the Quran, the only source of Law in the Ott. Emp. till about the mid 19th century. So, is "multiculturalism" justified here? The same question may apply to other cases, e.g. the apartheid South Africa, 18h c. North America etc. Thanks.--Skylax30 (talk) 15:29, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
No, mc does not mean the cultures are equal, so yes, you can use the term that way. Multiculturalism is more of an approach to multiethnic cultures--it attempts to embrace the diversity within cultures so as not to reinforce the dominant culture as being the "true" culture. I hope that helps. Aristophanes68(talk) 15:40, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
What matters is what sources say. If they say 'multicultural' then we do. Dbrodbeck (talk) 15:42, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the answers. I haven't look much in the literature of MC but it seems that Aristophanes68's view is not in agreement with the lead of the article. It says "Multiculturalism is the cultural diversity ... and the policies that promote this diversity ". There are many ways to demonstrate that such policies do not exist in certain multiethnic societies. E.g., diversity includes the freedom of moving from one culture to the other. So, if we have an islamic regime like the Ott. Emp. where the person is free (if not forced) to convert from christian to muslim, but is punished with death if converts the other way around (see Neomartyrs), this is not a condition that "promotes diversity". Also, looking at a brief intro about MC in the "Stanford Encyclopedia"  I find that "Mere toleration of group differences is said to fall short of treating members of minority groups as equal citizens; recognition and positive accommodation of group differences are required ..." . In Ott. Emp. not only the status of "citizen" was irrelevant (at least before late 19th c.) but there was no equality between the subjects of sultan. Therefore, I find reasonable that claims of "multiculturalism" in states like this, must be based on reliable sources, as Dbrodbeck said. But for the sake of NPOV, opposite views must be reflected, too.--Skylax30 (talk) 08:50, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
As actually practiced, multiculturalism means "All cultures are equal except those that include educated white males." Ornithikos (talk) 15:30, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
¿Is this article about multi-culturalism, the plurality of languages and cultures within a nation native to it, or multi-ethnicity?
Let me give a few examples of different sections, India, the Philippines and Indonesia all speak about diversity about different lingual-cultural groups within the nations, while the part about the Netherlands speaks about different religions within the Netherlands and makes no mention about the large Javanese, other Indonesia, or American-African (Dutch Caribbean) populations and neither about Dutch minorities within the Netherlands with different languages and cultures (think about the Frisians, Lower-Saxons, and Limburgians), the part about Germany begins with immigration and different races and then goes about religion (note that indigenous Germans can also convert to Islam), and the general Continental European part is about multi-ethnic civilizations again and contains information about the acceptance of homosexuality and Islamic clothing styles. I understand that all of these can be considered multiculturalism by some definitions, but some examples fit more in the polyethnicity article while others are solely about religion. I don't oppose any of the content being in it, but this page could be organized in a wiser manner having separate sections about religion, ethnicity and other culture-related topics, or expand more on the different aspects discussed in each section for example having a part about the Netherlands about religions, one about ethnicities and one about native and non-native languages. Sincerely, --Namlong618 (talk) 12:41, 24 February 2015 (UTC)