The Importance Of Diversity In Intercultural Culture

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When attempting to form a social identity in a diverse country such as Canada, discrimination often acts as a barrier. This can pose difficulty for individuals to integrate themselves into society in a way that promotes self-acceptance and human diversity. One of the problems that may arise, due to stereotypes and the classification of individuals based on their culture, religion or race, is assumed homogeneity (Arasaratnam, 2015, p.300).
In the article Research in Intercultural Communication: Reviewing the Past Decade, the author argues that people often assign generalizations to different cultural groups and assume that every individual from that group fits into this declared stereotype (Arasaratnam, 2015, p. 300). When one assumes that everyone from a group is the same, this homogenizes everyone’s experiences together and does not acknowledge added layers of oppression that exist within cultural groups, as well as their many differences as individuals. When trying to form their social identity, they may feel pressured to conform to these stereotypes. The article also discusses how “Discrimination, perceived or intentional, arguably debilitates [intercultural communication] because it could silence the discriminated person, or at the very least alienate both parties from one another” (Arasaratnam, 2015, p. 299). If one has already made assumptions about an individual from a different culture, they will most likely not take the time to get to know them due to an ignorant
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