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Is cultural diversity beneficial or does it lead to a loss of culture?

Cultural diversity can mean many things but is most often taken to refer to the coexistence of numerous cultures in a group or society. But the discussion around cultural diversity becomes complex as factors such as globalisation, overpopulation, immigration, imperialism, ethics and even linguistics seem to lead to a public discourse that remains convoluted on both sides of the political spectrum. Factoring in the issue of the loss of culture on top of this seems to complicate the argument further. So is cultural diversity beneficial to a society? Are trends such as globalisation and mass immigration leading to a fall in cultural diversity or a loss of culture? How should a society address these issues moving forward?
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A new global homogenised culture is emerging due to globalisation
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Cultural identity doesn't get lost due to diversity
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Culture is alive, and cannot be controlled
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The need to protect culture against loss
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A new global homogenised culture is emerging due to globalisation

Globalisation brings many benefits and challenges, today developments in technology, information access and access to capital are transcending traditional boundaries, but with that can come negative impacts also. With the distribution of information being so wide cultural meanings, values and tastes risk homogenisation, weakening the individuality and strength of identity of a society. But this may not necessarily be a bad thing as like most evolutionary accounts of human nature, the importance of culture for survival is unlikely, and just as there may be negative aspects to homogenisation their are also positives, such as an end to unethical practices such as female genital mutilation, polygamy, child brides, and human sacrifice. Cultures come and go, and what we may need to change is our attachment to culture as a fixed concept. However as a species so threatened by war, humanitarian and now ecological disasters we should be trying to instead focus on good virtues, rather than trying to keep some fleeting ideas of what it means to be part of this or that culture.

careerride.com/view/globalization-will-inevitably-lead-to-the-total-loss-of-cultural-identity-12770.aspx tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0739314032000071217 moroccoworldnews.com/2011/10/12895/how-has-globalization-caused-a-loss-of-culture bbc.com/future/article/20120522-one-world-order

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Cultural identity doesn't get lost due to diversity

Culture does not dilute even from the largest cases of migration, migrants are drastically outnumbered by the native population and are more likely to assimilate into the receiving culture, if not in the first generation, then defiantly by the second or third generations. Even in the worst-case scenario with zero assimilation through segregation or ghettoisation, the marginalised culture will not impact the loss of cultural identity. Cultural identity doesn't get lost or is not at risk from globalisation, globalisation is a chance for many nations to transform and to chose what values and traditions they want to carry forward as their own.

linkedin.com/pulse/20140806012946-244066759-does-cultural-identity-get-lost-due-to-globalization

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Culture does not dilute even from the largest cases of migration, migrants are drastically outnumbered by the native population and are more likely to assimilate into the receiving culture, if not in the first generation, then defiantly by the second or third generations. Even in the worst-case scenario with zero assimilation through segregation or ghettoisation, the marginalised culture will not impact the loss of cultural identity. Cultural identity doesn't get lost or is not at risk from globalisation, globalisation is a chance for many nations to transform and to chose what values and traditions they want to carry forward as their own.

Culture is alive, and cannot be controlled

Culture loss is an exaggeration, the biggest threat to culture is not multiculturalism but genocide, something that it happening all too commonly around the world currently. Culture is not a still thing that needs preserving in a glass container, culture is a naturally evolving ever-changing set of customs and social norms. What does threaten societies as a whole is a rejection of cultural diversity, leading to a toxic narrative and hostility in society that can lead to trauma, crime and conflict, and generally affects the society in a negative way. The answer should be to be accommodating enough as a culture to make it appealing for migrants from other cultures to want to assimilate and make the native culture more lively and flourishing. A major aspect of culture is language and like language culture will die out when it stops growing and changing and people try to control, repress or preserve it.

micsem.org/pubs/counselor/frames/cult_lossfr.htm unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/culture-and-development/the-future-we-want-the-role-of-culture/globalization-and-culture

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The need to protect culture against loss

Due to overpopulation, immigration, and military and cultural imperialism thousands of languages have become extinct in recent history, and current trends of rapid globalisation threaten cultural diversity, as information sharing most often leads to homogeneity. A good example is the vibrant range of traditional handicrafts passed down from generation to generation in many cultures of Southeast Asia, globalisation, changes in societal roles, and environmental pressures threaten to drive these cultural relics the same way as many of the world's languages. But just as the restricting of borders and the prevention of diversity or cultural mixing is impossible by modern standards, so the need for state investment in cultural traditions, crafts, or ways of life should be recognised as increasingly important.

cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521012716 warwickaseanconference.com/cultural-dilution-in-asean-a-fight-for-the-survival-of-traditional-handicrafts

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Beneficial

Cultural diversity is largely beneficial to a society, and if we are to coexist we need to recognise our commonality of diversity and strive not to just preserve our culture but the diversity of our cultures. Diversity of culture adds a certain vibrancy and zest to the modern cities that embrace it, and societies that lack it will feel more stagnant relatively speaking. Furthermore cultural diversity can inspire creativity and drive innovation, and actually helping to drive economic prosperity, as those from different backgrounds can bring different skills, experience and outlooks that may help address challenges specific to a certain culture or society. The loss of languages should be evidence of the need to protecting cultural diversity, not an argument for making it harder for people to spread the unique way in which their language and culture enables humanity to view the world.

purdueglobal.edu/blog/social-behavioral-sciences/what-is-cultural-diversity hult.edu/blog/benefits-challenges-cultural-diversity-workplace

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