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Bibliography expanded and updated to reflect recent research. Facts added to reflect the 2010 census data. Content relevant to work with special populations added. Additional non-substantive text revisions made throughout.

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date: 27 June 2017

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This entry defines the concept of multiculturalism and explains, from a historical and contemporary perspective, its evolution and significance in social work. The relationship between multiculturalism and socioeconomic justice, oppression, populations at risk, health disparities, and discrimination is explained. The importance of preparatory training for social workers to meet the challenges of multiculturalism is highlighted and examples of cross-cultural training models are provided. Implications of multiculturalism for clinical practice and policy development are discussed.

Keywords: cross-cultural practice, cultural competency, cultural diversity, multicultural social work, multiculturalism

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