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Nina Eliasoph

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147093

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147093.001.0001

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“Getting Out of Your Box” versus “Preserving a Culture”: Two Opposed Ways of “Appreciating Cultural Diversity”

“Getting Out of Your Box” versus “Preserving a Culture”: Two Opposed Ways of “Appreciating Cultural Diversity”

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(p.183) Chapter 10 “Getting Out of Your Box” versus “Preserving a Culture”: Two Opposed Ways of “Appreciating Cultural Diversity”
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Making Volunteers
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Nina Eliasoph

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691147093.003.0010

This chapter explains that multiculturalism means safety and protection for people who consider themselves minorities, and that they are protecting a tradition by staying apart from the mainstream. For people who feel “mainstream”—usually white, middle-class—on the other hand, multiculturalism means exploring and mixing with other cultures, not staying apart from them. The chapter illustrates the tensions between these two categories of people as they represent nearly opposite objectives: on the one hand, there are the “mixers,” who aim at experiencing lots of cultures but do not engage in any of them for a significant period of time; on the other, there are the “protectors” who prefer to separate themselves from the mainstream and devote themselves to learning the details of a single culture.

Keywords:   cultural diversity, cultural preservation, multiculturalism, distinct cultures, mixers, protectors

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