Multicultural particularism

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Multicultural particularism is the belief that a common culture for all people is either undesirable or impossible.[1] In discussions of multiculturalism, historian and educator Diane Ravitch draws a distinction between what she terms "pluralistic" and "particularistic" varieties. Other writers often blur or ignore this distinction; it is often difficult to discern whether advocacy for "diversity" or "multiculturalism" is intended to promote particularism or not. In some quarters, even to raise the issue is taboo.

In a long essay about multiculturalism in American education, Ravitch praises the inclusiveness of multicultural pluralism while decrying what she says as multiple flaws and failures of multicultural particularism.[2]


  1. ^ Asham bin Ahmad (August 22, 2006). "Debunking Multiculturalism". Retrieved January 13, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Houghton Mifflin".