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Wielokulturowość i jej socjologiczny sens. Festival Caravan czy wielokulturowe Street Party?
Sociological Sense of Multiculturalism: Festival Caravan or Multicultural Street Party?

Author(s): Marek S. Szczepański, Anna Śliz
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: multiculturalism; ethnic multiculturalism; no-ethnic multiculturalism; cultural diversity; ethnic groups

Summary/Abstract: The contemporary debate on multiculturalism began at the beginning of the 1970s, but only on the territory of Canada and Australia. The failure of assimilation ideologies in the USA was the major cause of publication of many papers on multiculturalism, which was perceived as a panacea to any ethnic and cultural issues. Contemporary multiculturalism has many faces, two of which were described by . In Janusz Mucha. He distinguishes the ethnic multiculturalism, namely the identification based on characteristics derived from historical heritage, and the non-ethnic one, resulting from democratization of social life. Similarly, Stanley Fish proposes a division into strong multiculturalism and boutique multiculturalism, the latter being characterized by its superficial or cosmetic relationship to the object of its affection. Acceptance of two different ways of understanding multiculturalism makes us realize that it is becoming more and more pervasive. Relations and interference of different traditions, patterns, ways of thinking and attitudes towards the world, God and other people have become something inevitable and irrevocable in contemporary reality.

  • Issue Year: 203/2011
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 7-26
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Polish