Engaging the Attribution Lens for Understanding the Diversity of Multiculturalism

By Amanda Kim.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Given the latitude that exists in defining, understanding, and working on behalf of multiculturalism, and what it means to advocate for ongoing support of multiculturalism, contributions towards greater clarity is sorely needed. Examining the role of attribution in defining, understanding, and application of multiculturalism, uncoupled from personal motivations may facilitate greater understanding. Every individual is contextualized by the ideological, political, economical, and cultural reality of their proscribed and self selected life choices that are inherently connected to one’s sense of self and the world. The complexity of unraveling how some individuals come to hold a particular set of beliefs that may or may not support the aims of their professional roles and goals complicate the expectations and often the reception of their endeavors. We are all familiar with individuals who feel morally compelled to do this work and attribute political, social, ethical, and moral reasons for contributing to the work of multiculturalism. On the other hand, given that multiculturalism and multicultural work has in some ways, become mainstream, the visibility and rewards of this work may potentially be one of secondary rewards and self promotion in nature. Consequently, individuals who strongly believe in the moral tenants of this work are liable to devalue or even reject others that may not attribute the same value for fear of potential exploitation of the opportunities afforded them. The potential net effect of this struggle may be one of diffusion of efforts or detraction from the intended goals.

Keywords: Multiculturalism, Diversity, Attribution

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.185-188. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 534.366KB).

Dr. Amanda Kim

Director of Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois, USA


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