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Unformatted text preview: Sarah Brodsky: 18514113 Sociology 3AC 10/27/06 Family Influences My family has always been one of the major influences in the shaping of who I am today. Every member of my family as played a part in my development as a person, from my siblings to my grandparents to my parents. My family members have done their best in trying to teach me what they feel is right and wrong, good and bad, and just and unjust in hopes that I will grow up to be a better person in their eyes. I am a blonde hair, blue eyed female from a very British, and Jewish, family. Most of my family members, including myself, identify with their British heritage. As a family that has recently immigrated to the United States, we have not completely left behind the culture of our heritage nation. However, as new-found Americans, my family also shows great pride for the United States and can tend to be over-patriotic at times. Most of my family also takes a lot of pride in its Jewish ethnicity. However, I do not like to identify with my Jewish ethnicity as much as my family because I am not religious. Despite the fact that Judaism is considered an ethnicity, and that I would still be killed if I were in Germany during World War II because I am ethnically Jewish, I still personally categorize Judaism as a religion because the Jewish lifestyle is a lifestyle based on adhering to religious customs and beliefs. I do enjoy religious holidays and celebrations because they bring about family communication and togetherness. Although my extended family is very small, I have a fairly large nuclear family. I have a sister, two step-sisters, a step-mother, and a father. We are a very independent family and spend a lot of time both together and apart. Together, my family forms a very significant part of my life that has been a key factor in the development of who I am today. When reflecting upon Internal Colonization Theory, I find that I am most definitely part of the dominant group in society. According to Schaefer, Internal Colonization Theory is the treatment of subordinate peoples as colonial subjects by those in power (Schaefer, 156). White Americans, especially white English-Americans, have a strong history of colonization and dominance. The Whites have always been established as the dominant group in society since the first white settlers came to North America. The Englishs use of internal colonization theory can be seen through the dominance and oppression of the Native North Americans. The English had the Natives dress in English clothing and adapt to English religion in order to have them assimilate and become dependent upon English culture. White Americans show their use of Internal Colonization Theory through their treatment of slaves, Chinese immigrants, Irish Immigrants, and many other minority groups that had to assimilate into the dominate white culture in order to survive. My family can be identified as part of both the English and American dominant groups because of our heritage. Since our lineage categorizes and American dominant groups because of our heritage....
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