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Immigration and Multiculturalism: Essential Primary Sources provides readings into two centuries of global changes in populations and cultures--and insights into both historical and modern political flashpoints.
Multiculturalism is a phrase used to articulate the existence, distinction, and preservation of different cultures within a larger political or social entity such as a nation, state, or society. Multiculturalism is argued to be a fundamental human right, the right to maintain culture and heritage, and this view is enshrined in the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. Akin to the human genome, the diversity of cultures is often considered a social strength, a source of social and cultural robustness and the capacity. Critics of multiculturalism, however, characterize cultural diversity as a social weakness. Regardless, understanding of the debate surrounding multiculturalism, it's manifest joys and possible perils, is essential at a time in human history when the basis for war and terrorism is essentially and deeply rooted in a clash of cultures.
If multiculturalism reflects existing diversity, immigration describes how societies and populations evolve in term of populations. Such evolution, in turn, often alters the cultural landscape and provides the basis for the multicultural state or society. (continued...) -- -- K. Lee Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, & Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner, eds. Paris, London, and Jacksonville, FL. July, 2006.