Settlement[ edit ] Culturally diverse areas or " ethnic enclaves " are another way in which multiculturalism has manifested. Newcomers have tended to settle in the major urban areas. In Canada, there are several ethnocentric communities with many diverse backgrounds, including Chinese, Italian and Greek.
Early anthropologists attempted to apply evolutionary theory within the human species, focusing on physical differences between different human sub-species or racial groups see Eriksen and the perceived intellectual differences that followed.
The philosophical assumptions of these anthropologists were, to a great extent, the same assumptions which have been argued to underpin science itself. This is the positivism, rooted in Empiricism, which argued that knowledge could only be reached through the empirical method and statements were meaningful only if they could be empirically justified, though it should be noted that Darwin should not necessarily be termed a positivist.
Science needed to be solely empirical, systematic and exploratory, logical, theoretical and thus focused on answering questions. It needed to attempt to make predictions which are open to testing and falsification and it needed to be epistemologically optimistic assuming that the world can be understood.
Equally, positivism argues that truth-statements are value-neutral, something disputed by the postmodern school. Philosophers of Science, such as Karl Popper for example Popperhave also stressed that science must be self-critical, prepared to abandon long-held models as new information arises, and thus characterized by falsification rather than verification though this point was also earlier suggested by Herbert Spencer for example Spencer Nevertheless, the philosophy of early physical anthropologists included a belief in empiricism, the fundamentals of logic and epistemological optimism.
This philosophy has been criticized by anthropologists such as Risjord who has argued that it is not self-aware — because values, he claims, are always involved in science — and non-neutral scholarship can be useful in science because it forces scientists to better contemplate their ideas.
Race and Eugenics in Nineteenth Century Anthropology During the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, anthropologists began to systematically examine the issue of racial differences, something which became even more researched after the acceptance of evolutionary theory see Darwin That said, it should be noted that Darwin himself did not specifically advocate eugenics or theories of progress.
The concept has also been criticized on ethical grounds, because racial analysis is seen to promote racial violence and discrimination and uphold a certain hierarchy, and some have suggested its rejection because of its connotations with such regimes as National Socialism or Apartheid, meaning that it is not a neutral category for example Wilson Racial beliefs constitute myths about the diversity in the human species and about the abilities and behavior of people homogenized into "racial" categories.
In terms of philosophy, some aspects of nineteenth century racial anthropology might be seen to reflect the theories of progress that developed in the nineteenth century, such as those of G.
Hegel see below.
In addition, though we will argue that Herderian nationalism is more influential in Eastern Europe, we should not regard it as having no influence at all in British anthropology. However, as we will discuss, the influence is stronger in Eastern Europe.
The interest in race in anthropology developed alongside a broader interest in heredity and eugenics. Influenced by positivism, scholars such as Herbert Spencer applied evolutionary theory as a means of understanding differences between different societies.
Spencer was also seemingly influenced, on some level, by theories of progress of the kind advocated by Hegel and even found in Christian theology.
For him, evolution logically led to eugenics. Spencer argued that evolution involved a progression through stages of ever increasing complexity — from lower forms to higher forms - to an end-point at which humanity was highly advanced and was in a state of equilibrium with nature. For this perfected humanity to be reached, humans needed to engage in self-improvement through selective breeding.
American anthropologist Madison Grant Grantfor example, reflected a significant anthropological view in when he argued that humans, and therefore human societies, were essentially reflections of their biological inheritance and that environmental differences had almost no impact on societal differences.
Grant, as with other influential anthropologists of the time, advocated a program of eugenics in order to improve the human stock.
According to this program, efforts would be made to encourage breeding among the supposedly superior races and social classes and to discourage it amongst the inferior races and classes see also Galton This form of anthropology has been criticized for having a motivation other than the pursuit of truth, which has been argued to be the only appropriate motivation for any scientist.
It has also been criticized for basing its arguments on disputed system of categories — race — and for uncritically holding certain assumptions about what is good for humanity for example Kuznar It should be emphasized that though eugenics was widely accepted among anthropologists in the nineteenth century, there were also those who criticized it and its assumptions for example Boas See Stocking for a detailed discussion.
As noted, some scholars stress the utility of ideologically-based scholarship. A further criticism of eugenics is that it fails to recognize the supposed inherent worth of all individual humans for example Pichot We will note possible problems with this perspective in our discussion of ethics.
Although ostensibly an anthropology journal, it also publishes psychological research. A prominent example of such an anthropologist is Roger Pearson b. But such a perspective is highly marginal in current anthropology.
They also shared with other evolutionists an acceptance of a modal human nature which reflected evolution to a specific environment.
However, some, such as E. Tylor Tylorargued that human nature was the same everywhere, moving away from the focus on human intellectual differences according to race.
Defenders have countered that without attempting to understand the evolution of societies, social anthropology has no scientific aim and can turn into a political project or simply description of perceived oddities for example Hallpike Moreover, the kind of stage theories advocated by Tylor have been criticized for conflating evolution with historicist theories of progress, by arguing that societies always pass through certain phases of belief and the Western civilization is the pinnacle of development, a belief known as unilinealism.
This latter point has been criticized as ethnocentric for example Eriksen and reflects some of the thinking of Herbert Spencer, who was influential in early British anthropology.Multiculturalism, "being the quest to achieve equal recognition and inclusion for the many diverse cultures which constitute the United States, is an unmistakable feature of our present society"(Long VII).
According to Lisa Lowe's essay, "Imaging Los Angeles in the Production. Multiculturalism promotes tolerance and social cohesion. The final objective of multiculturalism is to create a harmonious, strong, integrated, and cohesive society.
This is really not different than the assimilation model, but it simply has a different view of how to get there. + acres of waterfront development and public access projects, funded and maintained by the Port of Los Angeles.
Discover the LA Waterfront in San Pedro and Wilmington. and has just entered a stage of multiculturalism society. From the middle ’s, foreign labor, immigrant spouses, international students and even North Korean refugees have joined South Korean society.
diverse conflicts within society. It has sometimes proved possible for various political parties (multiethnic) to It mixes voices and promotes deliberation, pooling of sovereignty, partnership and dispersal of power (Scott, ).
The reality of multiculturalism challenges the concept of „one nation, one culture, one people‟ and the. Jan 31, · It promotes many different diverse languages, decision making and critical thinking.
’ empirically; that is, simply to refer to the existence of diverse cultures, values and traditions within the same society. Multiculturalism, however, is not the same as cultural diversity. The authors are discussing the concept of multiculturalism.