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The origin and practice of accommodation It would first be useful to pinpoint the source of this general idea of accommodation or harmonization. In any society in which two or more cultures coexist there arises inevitably the question of the management of diversity or difference. This question has always arisen. Until very recently, it was usually resolved in an authoritarian manner: a more powerful culture sought either to dominate other cultures through marginalization or to eliminate them by means of assimilation. Despite everything, relaxation or reconciliation practices have always existed, even in empires. For several decades, above all in the West, attitudes have changed and the democratic nations, as we noted earlier, have become much more respectful of diversity. The method of managing our life together which takes shape is based on the general ideal of intercultural harmonization.

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