From Multiculturalism to Cosmopolitanism: World Fusion and Libraries

Skrzeszewski, Stan
February 2004
Feliciter;2004, Vol. 50 Issue 1, p14
Multiculturalism provides a framework for dealing with diversity, a system for formalizing a progressive form of tolerance, and a means for facilitating cross-cultural communications. Multiculturalism was originally established as a social obligation or responsibility, or even as a public liability. With globalization, multiculturalism has become a social and economic asset that should he nurtured as a part of every community's social capital. Broadband connectivity will be essential for the realization of a cosmopolitan vision and will facilitate a global cosmopolitan conversation. The cosmopolitan vision recognizes values of local cultures, but opens them to everyone. In order to advance this vision, the library community must develop a cosmopolitan action plan.


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