Multiculturalism vs Fundamentalism - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between multiculturalism and fundamentalism

is that multiculturalism is the characteristics of a society, city etc which has many different ethnic or national cultures mingling freely; political or social policies which support or encourage such coexistence while fundamentalism is (religion) the tendency to reduce a religion to its most fundamental tenets, based on strict interpretation of core texts.

multiculturalism

Noun

  • The characteristics of a society, city etc. which has many different ethnic or national cultures mingling freely; political or social policies which support or encourage such coexistence.
  • * 1991 , Barbara Ehrenreich, Time , 8 Apr 1991:
  • Something had to replace the threat of communism, and at last a workable substitute is at hand. "Multiculturalism ," as the new menace is known, has been denounced in the media recently as the new McCarthyism, the new fundamentalism, even the new totalitarianism -- take your choice.
  • * 2005 , David Davis MP, Daily Telegraph , 3 Aug 2005:
  • Britain has pursued a policy of multiculturalism - allowing people of different cultures to settle without expecting them to integrate into society.
  • * 2011 , "On a mat and a prayer", The Economist , 7 Apr 2011:
  • Earlier this year he said multiculturalism had “failed”, that immigrants needed to “melt” into French society, and that “we do not want ostentatious prayers in the street in France.”

    See also

    * cosmopolitan

    fundamentalism

    Noun

  • (religion) The tendency to reduce a religion to its most fundamental tenets, based on strict interpretation of core texts.
  • (finance) The belief that fundamental financial quantities are the best predictor of the price of an instrument.
  • The beliefs held by those in this movement.
  • Strict adherence to any set of basic ideas or principles.
  • Synonyms

    * (religion) (l)

    See also

    * (l) (1) * (l) (2) * (l) (2) English words suffixed with -ism