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an environment in which many ideas and races are socially assimilated
crucible, melting pot(noun)
a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions
(Sociology) (fig.) A place where people of different backgrounds become similar in culture. The United States has often been referred to as a melting pot, though the differences in cultures of recently arrived immigrants persists beyond the generation of immigrants.
A crucible, or similar pot, used to fuse mixtures of metals etc.
A place where many divergent things (often races or cultures, but also talents) come together and are homogenized.
The melting pot is a metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous, the different elements "melting together" into a harmonious whole with a common culture. It is particularly used to describe the assimilation of immigrants to the USA; the melting-together metaphor was in use by the 1780s. After 1970 the desirability of assimilation and the melting pot model was challenged by proponents of multiculturalism, who assert that cultural differences within society are valuable and should be preserved, proposing the alternative metaphor of the mosaic, salad bowl or "American Kaleidoscope" – different cultures mix, but remain distinct.
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