Effects Of Multiculticulturalism

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INTRODUCTION: There are different views and definition of multiculturalism; the definition of multiculturalism depends on the context in which it is used. In sociology, multiculturalism is the idea that various cultures exist in a society and all these cultures deserve equal treatment (Macionis, 2010). Sociologists believe that members of different cultures can live peacefully alongside each other and assimilation is not necessary; but this does not happen in all multicultural societies. This essay will place emphasis on both the positive aspects and the main tensions that arise in a multicultural society. SAMPLE BACKGROUND – HISTORY OF MULTICULTURALISM IN BRITAIN Britain today has many people with different ethnic backgrounds from various countries. The history of multiculturalism began during the times of British colonialism. Britain once had the largest and most extensive imperial holdings in all of Europe, colonizing about 25% of the globe at the peak of its power in the 1920s (Piper, 2007). Some of Britain’s most prominent colonies were in Africa and India, which were primarily for the purpose of resource extraction. Many of these countries fought long and hard to become self-governing which led to the process of decolonization. Decolonization refers to the process by which Britain and other European countries lost their colonies; this process was either through violent armed resistance or peaceful political protests. India was the first country to gain independence

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