Multiculturalism is popular in many countries as it can be used as a strategy to fight inequalities. Supporters of multiculturalism claim that it removes social and cultural barriers for immigrants and minority groups, making them feel more welcome in Canadian society, promoting a stronger sense of belonging and pride in Canada (Kymlicka, 2010, p. 7). Therefore, multiculturalism is useful as it assists in the integration of immigrants and minorities. On the other hand, critics argues that multiculturalism accentuates the differences between groups rather than their shared rights or identities as the nation’s citizens as it promotes “ghettoization and balkanization” (Kymlicka, 2010, p. 7), thereby encouraging members of ethnic groups to look
Therefore, instead of having different distinct cultures, all forms are blended into one. Even though individuals living in America receive several benefits, they lose a sense of their identity. The sense of assimilation partially imposes indigenous people to learn about the characteristics among the majority group. This may include: new genres of music, religion, certain laws, or practices that might be new to a diverse cultural society. Multiculturalism may play a valuable role in retaining one’s traditional roots, but in the end, the price ethnic individuals have to pay is learning new forms of beliefs and customs.
How multiculturalism policy impacted social inclusion processes in Canada? How multiculturalism policy impacted social inclusion processes in Canada? Abstract In recent years, the concept of multiculturalism has been regarded as problematic and a source of social exclusion, separation and segregation, rather than being a means for social integration, inclusion and strong sense of national identity. As a matter of fact, the mentors of German, France and Britain claim relentlessly that multiculturalism has been a failure in their countries (Edmonton journal, February 13, 2011). This paper seeks to demonstrate that multiculturalism is not a hazard to social inclusion and how
Cultural encounters occur in a society that has been over crowded with people from different countries due to migration, war, economic recession. The most important part has been played by colonization because of which people from different cultures has flocked Europe and America. Due to which most of the European countries have become a home of immense variety of minority cultures. The reason to this is because when certain group of people settles in a new culture they try to adopt it and also attracts the host nation to adopt a bit of theirs. We can see many multicultural societies in Britain, France, and Belgium etc.
Multiculturalism and its Relationship to Canada’s National Identity Though multiculturalism has been shown to be a wise policy economically and politically, the effects of multiculturalism has unintentionally complicated the Canadian national identity. Though multiculturalism is a significant part of the national identity of Canada, it has brought the population further away from national unity as the country struggles to maintain equality among and respect for all cultures. To derive a national identity from such an amalgamation of cultures has also proven to be a challenge throughout past decades as many Canadians view multiculturalism and immigration as being threats to the ‘Canadian way of life’. Officially adopted as a national policy
But at this moment, I would like to briefly discuss the positive effects that British colonialism brought to India. First, Britain completely destroyed some Indian feudal societies and customs, which helped to promote the development of India’s modernization. Secondly, Britain established a model of Western capitalist society in India, thus laying the foundation for India’s economic development and making a great progress in Indian society. Overall, the British influence on Indian society was not only superficial, but a powerful impact on Indian’s traditional social structures and values. In other words, Britain changed the Indian civilization with western civilization and transformed the Indian society with the Western system.
In definition, multiculturalism means the practice of giving importance to all cultures in one civilization. It has been actualized in some countries over decades such as Canada and some European countries. However, Angela Merkel, the prime minister of Germany, announced that the German multiculturalism has failed. Thus, the changes are bound to be controversial. In some people’s assessments, multiculturalism in Canada is unsuccessful.
According to Ottaviano and Peri it is a broad concept that has captivated the interest of both economists and social scientist (2006). In order to understand cultural diversity one has to first understand culture and diversity. Culture is described by Lequerica and Krch as a learned system, of attitudes, values and beliefs shared by a group of people which can include race, religion, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability status and age (2014). Whereas Ely and Thomas describes diversity as a trait of groups of two or more people and normally refers to demographic differences of one sort or the other among group members (2001). The focus of this paper will be the social and economic benefits of cultural diversity in the society today as a result of immigration.
For instance, in Britain, it has been expected that the immigrant minority would simply pick up British values such as forbearance, impartiality before law, and the supremacy of democratic elections. Unfortunately, just a small portion of the immigrants have embraced all British values with a sizeable number giving values of liberalism and tolerance a wide berth. Instead of promoting the culture of the indigenous people, British authorities such as local city councils have in fact aided in the erosion of native cultures, replacing them with new immigrant cultures (Gibson, 2002). For instance, the Bradford city council has a policy that gives every minority group the right its uniqueness, traditions, faith, cuisine and
The concept of multiculturalism in relation to immigrants in America is distinctly opposed by a pressure to assimilate into American culture. This want of Americanism prevents the ideal of multiculturalism in America and disagrees with the concept of America as a “melting pot” of nationalities and cultures. Americanism is becoming an increasingly central idea of American society, and both social pressures and an increasing sense of the benefits of nationalism when examining European states and their immigration policies have led to the diminishing of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism and cultural diversity can be argued to be seen in conjunction with Americanism, but personal experiences of mine, as a member of a cultural minority group,