Chapter 7_Minority Group Movements and Values_Fall 2007

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Chapter 7 Chapter 7 2 ways to respond to an undesirable situation: (1) adaptive strategies (2) change oriented strategies o BOTH have been used by minority group members in response to the undesirable situation of subordination by dominant group(s) Adaptive Strategies : 1) Acceptance a. Some reasons for use of this strategy: Minority group members have become convinced of dominant group ideology that asserts their groups’ inferiority (FALSE CONSCIOUSNESS) Minority group members may feel that there is little they can do to change the situation, so they accept it and deal with it as best they can “Feigned acceptance” 1. Pretending to accept the subordinate position and playing on the prejudices of the dominant group 2) Displaced aggression a. “Scapegoating” We have seen this as a cause of prejudice among majority group members Minority group members also engage in this strategy but for the DIFFERENT REASON: 1. Frustration due to subordinate status aggressive feelings taking those feelings out on an easier target than the actual source of the original frustration b. This can help to explain: Minority on minority violence High crime rates amongst minority groups High suicide rates amongst some minority groups 1. The frustration/aggression levels become so strong that some minority groups members turn that aggression inward 3) Avoidance a. Avoiding contact with majority group members b. More generalized form of avoidance = use of alcohol or drugs Use of alcohol drugs allow minority group members to escape the reality of their subordinate position HOWEVER…in recent years, the % of drug use among minority group members has been LOWER than that of the % of drug use amongst whites 1. The DIFFERECE = the KIND of drugs used a. Drugs used by minority group members tend to be stronger and more addictive and therefore may result in more severe forms of addiction i. Heroin, crack cocaine…particularly in areas of concentrated poverty 1
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Chapter 7 b. Rural, poor and working class-white drug use….methamphetamine has become a very serious problem in recent years 4) Seeking assimilation a. “Passing” Practice of some minority group members, close in appearance to whites, to present themselves to the world as white Non-racial minorities and “passing” 1. Homosexuals choosing to remain closeted a. 1993 military policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a coercive example of how some homosexuals have been forced to use this adaptive strategy 2. Religious minority groups choosing to practice religion in secret DISADVANTAGE of this strategy = HIGH COST to one’s identity 1. Extreme toll taken on one’s psychological well-being 2. Forces an individual to deny who they are in order to operate in a society
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