Future of Cultural Diversity 1
Running head: Future of Culture Diversity
Future of Cultural Diversity
Dorothy J. Matthews
March 7, 2009
University of Phoenix
SOC/315 - Week 5
Professor: Aubrey Fitzgerald Bentham
Future of Cultural Diversity 2
This paper is intended to voice my hopes on the future of cultural diversity and explain how we could use the knowledge of each other’s culture to build humanity and to bring about social reform for all people. It will also give examples of diversity challenges and opportunities.
The world as we know it has 6.76 billion people, with Asia accounting for over 60% of the world’s population. These numbers certainly mean that the world that we live in has a diverse group of people and these people make up thousands of ethic groups, with each in the group different. Our differences require us to value different learning styles and to understand and identify each other’s work and social and lifestyles. Cultural differences in groups of people determine what language they speak, how they dress, their traditions, their concept of values and morals and how they interact with each other and the environment as well as how they are treated. Culture influences how people manage their daily lives.
According to the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, UNESCO (2001), culture is defined as, “the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group. It encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs.” Our culture influences our choices and lifestyles for many years and for some, for life because some people maintain their attachment to their beliefs and a particular way of living throughout their lives. I have discovered when a...