chapter  11
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Multiethnic Societies and Regions

WithJohn H. Stanfield

Multiethnic societies and regions are culturally plural social organizations. Their formations are rooted in histories of culturally different populations migrating to geographical spaces defined as kingdoms colonies, nation-states, continents, or subcontinents. There is the plural social structure approach which attempts to conceptualize the development of culturally diverse societies and regions as byproducts of colonialism. The central state recognizes ethnic differences in the societal populations as indicated by the official places their ethnic representatives are given in the polity. The ethno regional contexts of the complex histories of dominance and subordination have yet to be fully appreciated except in bits and pieces such as histories of White-Black relations in the South and White-Asian relationships in the Far West. Asian and African ex-colonial immigrants have found their way into what used to be ethnically homogeneous white societies. In many multiethnic societies where phenotypically driven notions of race are critical, the societal powers that be find empowered places for people of milted heritage.