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Definition of Cultural Pluralism

(noun) A mixing of different cultures in which each culture retains its own unique identity, often referred to as the “salad bowl.”

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Cultural Pluralism Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: cul·tur·al plu·ral·ism

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /kUHl-chuhr-ruhl plUR-uh-liz-uhm/
  • British English – /kUHl-chuh-ruhl plUUH-ruh-li-zuhm/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈkʌlʧərəl ˈplʊrəˌlɪzəm/
  • British English – /ˈkʌlʧərəl ˈplʊərəlɪzm/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: cultural pluralisms
  • Cultural pluralistic areas and residents are integrated into society, such as immigrants learning the language, laws, and mores of their new home.
  • A (noun) cultural pluralist advocates for a (adjective) cultural pluralistic world view.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Cultural Pluralism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “cultural pluralism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 5, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-pluralism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

cultural pluralism. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-pluralism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “cultural pluralism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 5, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-pluralism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“cultural pluralism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 5 Mar. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-pluralism/>.