Eun-Kyoung Othelia Lee

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:


Multiculturalism has been defined as an ideology that suggests that society should consist of, or at least recognize and include with equal status, diverse cultural groups (see Textbooks). Multiculturalism is often considered the opposite of monoculturalism, which implies a normative cultural unity and preexisting homogeneity. Monoculturalism assumes rejection of differences and a belief in the superiority of a dominant culture, while multiculturalism represents acceptance, appreciation, utilization, and celebration of similarity and differences (see Development of Multicultural Social Work Practice). This entry identifies multicultural resources with specific reference to social work’s adaptation of multiculturalism. While the identified references are focused on social work applications, relevant ones dealing with cross-cultural counseling, multicultural education, and organizational diversity are selected.

Article.  6121 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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