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Social philosophical reflections on the concepts of culture and multiculturalism in the context of globalization

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This chapter focuses on culture and multiculturalism in the age of globalization. Particularly, it addresses how cultures have to change and develop in order to adapt themselves to the global process of modernization. The chapter also explains how cultures often have to fight to preserve what they find valuable in their own traditions and uniqueness. The big diversity of relatively unique and distinct cultures is under an enormous pressure from the leveling and homogenizing forces of a worldwide technological and commercial mass culture. That is: The economical, informational and industrial globalization includes a thorough going cultural globalization. The ideas and ideals of universal progress, rationalization, modernization, humanization, enlightenment, liberty and global solidarity put strong demands on different cultures to modify and change. In this context then, the important thing is to make it happen on the positive and creative premises of their own traditions.

Keywords: cultural traditions; culture; globalization; multiculturalism



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