We often think of communities in terms of their commonalities, defined by common interests, practices, heritage, or locale. We also talk about communities as neighborhoods, or ethnic groups and their associated beliefs and rituals, or communities of developers or researchers or users. But communities are not all about commonalities. Indeed they are just as defined by their differences. Heterogeneity is foundational to pluralism and also to democracy . In a truly pluralistic society, difference is not absorbed or ameliorated, it is expressed. And this expression is often seen or experienced as conflict. In fact, we might say that communities…
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