On Living in a Multicultural Environment

  • Elke Murdock
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


In Chap.  3 the origins of multiculturalism were explained. As was noted, multiculturalism can have different meanings—referring to the demographic composition of society, a policy promoting diversity and equality and finally an attitude towards a culturally plural society. Whereas acculturation refers to the psychological consequences of prolonged exposure to another culture, multiculturalism at the individual level refers to the acceptance of and support for the culturally plural composition of societies at large (Celenk & van de Vijver, 2014). The focus of this chapter is the individual living in a multicultural environment and the factors influencing an individual’s attitude towards a plurally composed society. First, multiculturalism as a psychological concept will be explained, before two empirical studies will be presented. These studies investigate the attitude to multiculturalism, and in particular specific factors thought to influence this attitude. Previous studies have shown that even though multiculturalism is a broad, multifaceted concept, the attitude towards multiculturalism is actually a unidimensional construct, even though the support for multiculturalism across domains varies.


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  • Elke Murdock
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