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Cultural Pluralism -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Mandel, Ilanna;

2009 / EBSCO


The notion of cultural pluralism describes the ways in which distinct cultural groups maintain their own unique identity within a much larger society. This is often not easy, as the larger society tends to function as a whole and not within individual groups. Government and other controlling organizations such as education and health care are centralized and tend to be focused on a homogenous philosophy. There are certain societies around the world which have famous systems of cultural pluralism. One of the most well known of these is India, with its highly defined caste system. The United States may not have such a highly defined system, but it is most definitely pluralistic in nature. There are numerous cultural groups which continue to live amongst each other and maintain their own unique cultural identities.