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Unformatted text preview: religion, gender, ethnicity, and race. We are usually a member of a particular group for each of these criteria. Which of our group identities is most important varies with the social situation. In America today I feel, gender, ethnicity, and race often have the most far ranging impacts on us as individuals. Ethnicity refers to selected cultural and sometimes physical characteristics used to classify people into groups or categories considered to be significantly different from others. American ethnic groups include American Indians, Latinos, Chinese, African Americans, European Americans, etc. In some cases, ethnicity involves merely a loose group identity with little or no cultural traditions in common. Some ethnic groups are coherent subcultures with a shared language and body of tradition. For example I come from the ethnic origin of Italy. Since I was born in America I am 'Italian- American'....
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- Spring '09