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Multiculturalism, a Myth, a Dread, a Reality
Multiculturalism, a Myth, a Dread, a Reality

Author(s): Shahab Yar Khan
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Međunarodni forum Bosna

Summary/Abstract: Understanding a community with certain emphases in mind presupposes an implicit conceptual framework. Subjectivity or, as it used to be called, self or I-ness, is almost invariably the lynchpin of this conceptual framework. As in every human condition, subjectivity gives rise to both supportive and opposing views. Each of these views, however, presents itself as excluding the other. Throughout the world, throughout the history of mankind, this dichotomous thinking has urged the greater number of human communities to evolve a single polar view of the world, with themselves as its nexus. It need hardly be said that such a view, even when it emerged under the might of the Roman Empire in the past or under the “right” of the United States recently, fails to correspond with the “other,” and out of necessity gives birth to opposing views and thus by its own virtue maintains the balance of the multi-polar world. I, being a student of the arts and literature, prefer the term multi-cultural instead of its political variant, the multi-polar. The world is therefore bound to exist within versatile polarities or cultures, and as a result different sorts of truthclaims are bound to exist simultaneously within it.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 48
  • Page Range: 43-51
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English