Monday, 25 May 2009

Multiculturalism as social isolationism

A comment to my piece entitled "The joy of multi-culturalism" has annoyed me somewhat. For my peace of mind here's the comment followed by my reply:
"Such social isolationism was commonplace in Britain while it was still Britain.
ou only spoke to people you had been introduced to.
Yet society back then held together."

"... We are around the same age but I observed adult interaction in the late 1960s/early 1970s and of course watched many English films from the 1930s and 1940s and whilst people wouldn't jump into intimate conversation with a stranger without very good reason, they would be polite to a stranger. A doffed hat, a cheery good morning, all would be offered and reciprocated with politeness and good cheer. To compare the world of Britain gone by with the self-imposed social exclusion of today is just plain wrong."


bodo said...

Look up 'Robert Putnam, diversity'. He's a left-wing academic, who you might think would be supportive of multiculturalism/diversity. His study reveals just how damaging diversity is to civic life. Not only does it create distrust between communities, it also destroys trust within communities.

The objection to your original post seems to me to be of the usual form, i.e. either that the there are no problems caused by a rapidly changing society, or the problems have always existed anyway.
The downside of diversity
A Harvard political scientist finds that diversity hurts civic life. What happens when a liberal scholar unearths an inconvenient truth?

Not a sheep said...

Thanks for the heads-up...