Diversity in a Changing World: Cultural Enrichment or Social Fragmentation?

Emilia Martinez-Brawley, Edward Allan Brawley

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The vision of the pluralistic society of the 1960s relied on the recognition of differences rather than on assimilation. Pluralism held that finally, in America, minorities did not need to melt and adopt the norms of the majority. But the cultural pluralistic perspective has been strongly questioned since the 1990s. Concerns have been raised about whether the alteration of power relations in the United States can be achieved civilly. This article examines the value of long-held assumptions about the common core and explores the desirability of building on it for the next millennium. It moves beyond traditional perspectives of the common core and proposes the notion of a transcul-tural citizen who might be able to move with ease between cultures, whether within the confines of the United States or on a more global level. Illustrations from the United States and abroad are given. Lessons for social work in Europe and America are drawn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-36
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Multicultural Social Work
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 22 1999


  • Common core
  • Conscientization
  • Multicultural
  • Pluralistic
  • Transcultural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education


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