Cultural Pluralism, The Challenge of our Time
“Cultural pluralism” is a recent concept in Europe to the extent that many do not know what it means.
The process resulting in the definition of one’s own identity – hence an “us” – in an oppositional manner by, explicitly or implicitly comparing ourselves with “others”, is considered a universal movement in every society.
The 20th Century was par excellence the century of nationalisms. It is sufficient to remember that the causes of the two world wars were directly linked to the consequences of nationalist doctrine exalting all that belongs to one’s own nation..
Literally a diaspora is the “dispersion of a people leaving their homeland and migrating in various directions”.
It is the philosophical and political concept that extends the ideas of citizenship and homeland to the whole world and to all humankind, opposing the particularity of nations and national states.