Culture and Imperialism

by Edward W. Said

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Contrast culture, microculture, and multiculturalism.

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Culture refers to the idiosyncrasies, belief systems, mannerisms, languages, and behaviors that are inherent to a specific group based on history and geographical location.

A micro-culture is a group of people within the culture that embraces their own system of rules, behaviors and customs as a way to separate themselves from the mainstream (subcultures; gypsies; hippies; bohemians)

Multiculturalism is the embrace of more than one culture and the integration of all the customs, languages, mannerisms, and traditions but WITHOUT losing each culture's uniqueness. It is not the blending of them into one, but the acceptance of each within one social group.

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