Chapter 4 Key Terms - Key terms achieved status Social...

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Key terms achieved status    Social status that comes through talents, actions, efforts, activities, and accomplishments,  rather than ascription. ascribed status    Social status (e.g., race or gender) that people have little or no choice about occupying. assimilation    The process of change that a minority group may experience when it moves to a country  where another culture dominates; the minority is incorporated into the dominant culture to the  point that it no longer exists as a separate cultural unit. colonialism    The political, social, economic, and cultural domination of a territory and its people by a  foreign power for an extended time. cultural colonialism    Within a nation or empire, domination by one ethnic group or nationality and its  culture/ideology over others e.g., the dominance of Russian people, language, and culture in  the former Soviet Union. descent    Rule assigning social identity on the basis of some aspect of one's ancestry.
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