Sociology Index


Multiculturalism advocates a society that extends equitable status to distinct ethnic and religious groups. Multicultural movement first emerged in Canada and Australia. Multicultural movement lacks a clear focus and identity. Multiculturalism is desirable though the idea is controversial. Multiculturalism refers to the acceptance of various cultural divisions for the sake of diversity that applies to the demographic make-up of a specific place. Many countries are recognizing multiculturalism and are allowing members of distinct groups within that society to celebrate and maintain their different cultures or cultural identities.

Multiculturalism and Diversity: A Social Psychological Perspective (Contemporary Social Issues) by Bernice Lott.
The author makes a case that every individual is multicultural. Written in an engaging and accessible manner, this book is suitable for any course on multiculturalism and diversity. Multiculturalism and Diversity are two words that capture the essence of our contemporary social worlds. Lott’s comprehensive and compelling thesis represents a significant advance in our efforts to understand the evolving nature of self in multicultural societies.

Multiculturalism and Diversity focuses on the ways in which history and identity inform each other, and also examines the politics of culture as well as the politics of cultural identities within the U.S. The basic proposition that each of us is a unique multicultural human being and that culture affects individual self-definition, experience, behavior, and social interaction.

Multiculturalism and Diversity uses a critical approach to the study of culture and personal identity that is informed by historical and social factors and an appreciation of their interaction. It examines the various cultural threads within the mosaic of a person's multicultural self such as sexual identity, gender, social class, and ethnicity.