Multiculturalism, American Style: The Politics of Multiculturalism in the United States

By Shana B. Bass.

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Multiculturalism has been conceptualized and applied in many different ways in different countries across the globe. This paper presents a new framework of the politics of multiculturalism in the United States. This framework consists of four different politics of multiculturalism: Multiculturalism as the Politics of Celebration, Multiculturalism as the Politics of Harmony, Multiculturalism as the Politics of Facilitation, and Multiculturalism as the Politics of Parity. These four types are associated with specific multicultural goals and specific types of multicultural policies. This paper will explain each of the four politics of multiculturalism in the United States, give examples of the different types of policies that have been advanced within each type, and assess the success of these policies. This paper contributes to the existing theoretical discussion of multiculturalism in the literature. Within that context, this paper also advances a new analysis of multicultural policies in the United States which contributes to the global discussion of strategies countries have utilized to address the complex problems of diverse societies.

Keywords: Multiculturalism, United States, Multicultural Education, Multiculturalism Policies, Politics of Multiculturalism, Racism, Identity, Diversity, Equality, Harmony, Facilitation, Celebration, Ethnic Studies, Affirmative Action

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.133-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 577.448KB).

Dr. Shana B. Bass

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, California State University, San Marcos, San Marcos, California, USA

Shana B. Bass is Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State University, San Marcos in Southern California. Her areas of interest include race, gender, and multiculturalism in the United States. She earned her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles.


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