"Culture as Given, Culture as Choice" Analytical Essay by Peerless

"Culture as Given, Culture as Choice"
This paper analyzes the book "Culture as Given, Culture as Choice" by Elst which studies culture and multiculturalism.
# 6169 | 1,285 words | 1 source | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Oct 04, 2003 in Anthropology (Cultural) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (General) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This paper is an in-depth discussion of multiculturalism, it defines it and states that an entirely different view of culture is needed in the intellectual discourse of society. Elst analyzes culture using the example of analyzing sex. Elst makes it clear in his analysis that pluralities of identity are the norm, that everyone is multi-ethnic and multi-racial in some fashion. Finally, the paper concludes that each individual should study and redefine his own culture.

From the Paper:

"Even in the current, mainstream political debate over what constitutes "multiculturalism," it is common cultural parlance to view culture as a static entity. Multiculturalism is defined as the manner in which more cultures are integrated into the fabric of the dominant discourse, rather than as a way of deconstructing notions of how culture itself is perceived and unperceived. As the title of Dirk Van Der Elst's book Culture as Given, Culture as Choice, suggests, however, framing the debate in such a fashion is not necessarily the most radical choice. Elst suggests that nothing really exists as "culture," rather culture itself is a constructed, socially produced norm."

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