a retreat from multiculturalism has less to do with any actual changes in state policies and more with concerns about lack of social unity and increasing tensions among diverse groups in liberal democratic societies and the sense that multiculturalism is somehow. Taylor distinguishes the politics of recognition from the traditional liberal politics of equal respect that is inhospitable to difference, because (a) it insists on uniform application of the rules defining these rights, without exception, and (b) it is suspicious of collective goals (60). In response, multicultural theorists agree that cultures are overlapping and interactive, but they nonetheless maintain that individuals belong to separate societal cultures. Curricula from the elementary to the university levels were revised and expanded to include the contributions of minority and neglected cultural groups. Some have emphasized the importance of moving away from essentialist notions of culture and reductive views of members of minority groups as incapable of meaningful agency (Phillips 2007, Volpp 2000).
Because our identities are formed dialogically, we are dependent on the recognition of others. She argues that it is not diversity itself that leads to changes in trust and civic engagement but the politics of diversity,.e. Multiculturalism seeks the inclusion of the views and contributions of diverse members of society while maintaining respect for their differences and withholding the demand for their assimilation into the dominant culture. On this view of freedom, we can be unfree even when we are not experiencing any interference as in the case of a slave of a benevolent master. In this category, temporary immigrant workers and their dependants are included.
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She finds that Canada's multiculturalism policies, which provide immigrants with a variety of services in their native languages and encourage them to preserve their cultural traditions even as they become Canadian citizens, are the main reason why the naturalization rate among permanent residents in Canada. Taylor, Kymlicka, and other proponents of the contemporary politics of recognition might agree with Coulthard that self-affirmation by oppressed groups is critical for true self-determination and freedom of indigenous communities, but such self-affirmation need not be viewed as mutually exclusive from state efforts to extend. Some liberals are also individualists when it comes to social ontology (what some call methodological individualism or atomism). In contrast, religion and culture may shape one's willingness to seize an opportunity, but they do not affect whether one has an opportunity. Bhikhu Parekh contends that liberal theory cannot provide an impartial framework governing relations between different cultural communities (2000). 3.6 Feminist critique of multiculturalism The set of critiques that has ignited perhaps the most intense debate about multiculturalism argues that extending protections to minority groups may come at the price of reinforcing oppression of vulnerable members of those groupswhat some have called the problem. Socioeconomic and political marginalization interacts with immigrants' own sense of belonging: it is hard to imagine newcomers feeling integrated before they make significant steps toward socioeconomic integration.