Disadvantages Of Multiculturalism

Name disadvantages and problems of multiculturalism and explain their reasons.

Name disadvantages and problems of multiculturalism and explain their reasons.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that more detail or clarification will be needed in your question.  You will find differing voices in the problems with a pursuit of multicultural ends.  Most of this analysis is from a philosophical point of view, the philosophical problem with multiculturalism.  Others will take their opposition from a social point of view.  The former argues that multiculturalist thought starts off with a flawed premise.  If the multiculturalist believes in heterogeneity because of the fear of asserting one culture as inherently better than another, then all that has been done as asserted all of them as better than another, which is the alternative of not having multiculturalist notions of the good.  The philosophical argument is that if one is driven by the fear of asserting one as being inherently better, then it is illogical to claim that multiculturalism is better than the alternative because this involves placing primacy on one form of cultural expression over another.  The social implication argument suggests that multiculturalism actually enforces the idea that multiculturalism forces a sense of resentment amongst other cultures as they perceive that one's cultural praise comes at another's expense.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To me, the main problem with multiculturalism is that it (you can argue) tends to divide the people of a country up on the basis of their ethnicity or national origin.

For example, America is supposed to be a melting pot where people come in as members of their original culture and come out as Americans (or at least their children will).  When we celebrate multiculturalism, we tend to encourage people NOT to become Americans.  Instead, we encourage them to continue to identify with their native countries and cultures.

This can be dangerous if done to an extreme.  It is fine for me to be proud of the Filipino side of my heritage.  But if I identify myself as a Filipino-American rather than an American, I am setting myself apart from the rest of the country.  When too many people do that, you lose social cohesion and stability.


besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One major problem with multiculturalism is religious differences. Understanding other religions can be a very difficult obstacle to overcome. Generally speaking, people are very passionate about their religious beliefs. Acceptance of another religion, especially a religion that is not understood, can be a difficult if not impossible task.

Another issue with multiculturalism is stereotyping. A stereotype is a common belief about a particular group of people. Basically, assumptions are made about people based solely on a particular characteristic, such as ethnicity. This can lead to negative effects such as the assumption that ALL people from a certain culture are bad in some way.

ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the problems with being multicultural is that people are always trying to label you.  Being multicultural you don't easily fit into one category.  I myself am multicultural and people are always asking what my ethnicity is and where I am from.  It is human nature to categorize and I accept that, but it can be annoying.

Another disadvantage of being multicultural is not being accepted by your peers.  When you are not of one ethnic background you do not fit into any ethnic group.  I am never Hispanic enough to the Hispanics and I am never white enough to the Caucasians. 

akman | Student

thank you very much for your answers :) it is very nice to hear different opinions