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Multiculturalism In 2013

by on May 12, 2014

Multiculturalism In 2013

A multicultural society is a logical and beneficial form of state when looking at the ideal pluralist western model. It boasts benefits in diversity, culture and language. As the planet moves towards a more globalized and interactive society, advances in travel, media and technology have made populations less monoethnic and less state-centric.


The issue of immigration is a tentative one, as in recent years, the UK has allowed a before unprecedented amount of European citizens in, due to very relaxed policies. This and the commitment it has, as part of the European Union, to grant access to hundreds of thousands of workers from other EU states, have changed the makeup of the nation. There were 108.2 million journeys to the UK, in 2012 a 2% increase.

Some would argue that the recent upsurge in popularity of parties like the BNP and UKIP are a counter-reaction of this. Attacks on multiculturalism also come from highlighting the differences of specific groups in our society and attributing them with negative connotations. Most notably the attitudes towards Islam are an ever-fluid feature of our society. Notably more negative post-9/11 and 7/7. After which attacks on mosques and hate crimes against Muslims rose astronomically. I would argue that there should be better cross-religious education, from a young age to help the younger generation avert the current culture of fear towards Islam, perpetuated to a large degree by tabloid media. ‘As Judge orders woman to uncover her face, the Sun demands vital reforms’ – (The Sun Sept 2013). Multiculturalism then, in my opinion is more about tolerance and common culture, and mutual understanding than simple figures.

Another attack on multiculturalism would be the lack of social mobility for minorities. Statistically, although they make up a significant part of the population, many stay at the bottom of the socio-economic table. Is multiculturalism only for the working class? Representation, is also an issue many struggle with looking at the House of Commons as a sort of sample of this, we can see that it isn’t a mirror of the diverse society we have. Overly Oxbridge, Etonian, and generally white, upper middle class is the demography of our representatives. The upper echelon of society still very much shows the historic and conservative roots of the UK. This in itself brings about social unrest in the working classes, and supports cynical, Marxist views of the bourgeoisie being the base to which other aspect in society are supported, as multiculturalism widely doesn’t seem to affect them.



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