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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Cultural Diversity: Boom or Boom to Humanity:South Africa in Perspective

Stephen M Monye.

Cultural diversity is used as a bulwark in human development and identity, in particular the development of the law and promotion of enjoyment of human rights. Indeed man would develop certain traits considered inalienable for his social development, preservation and survival. To this end culture is one such trait and it has inescapably entrenched itself in the human intellect and is seen as the most suitable place of comfort for man's continuation and survival.
The overemphasis of culture and identity as underpinning the enjoyment of human rights is likely to obliterate the main object of promoting a culture of human rights. Overemphasis of cultural diversity precipitates class distinction and perpetuates unjustified discrimination amongst equals.
The focus of the paper will be on the experience of South African in its endeavour to create a non-racial social order in a multi cultural society.


Stephen M Monye  (South Africa)
Department of Criminal and Procedural Law
North West University

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Human Rights
  • South Africa

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)