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The vast majority of societies are, and arguably have always been, composed of a number of communities, religions and cultures, each characterized by (usually overlapping) values, beliefs and practices. In its most general sense, multiculturalism recognizes this plurality of culture and community as a positive feature of contemporary societies and aims at counteracting the decades of Western governmental practices that were directed at assimilating Black communities into mainstream White culture. Multiculturalism can therefore be considered as a theory of racialized identity which informs institutional practices. While there are many different approaches to multiculturalism (see Parekh, 1997), it is perhaps most fruitful to concentrate on the theory and practice of pluralist multiculturalism, given its influence and rise to an almost normative status within governmental and ...

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