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nov 17 notes - Wednesday November 17 Nation independent...

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Wednesday November 17 Nation: independent, centrally organized political unit or a government.  Once meant a single culture sharing a single language, religion,  history, territory, ancestry, and kinships/nation-states. Nation-state: autonomous, centrally organized political entity. o Most are not ethnically homogeneous.  Nationalities and Imagined Communities  Nationalities: ethnic groups that had or wish to have/regain,  autonomous political status.  Anderson: nationalities and nation-states as “imagined  communities.” o Most members feel comradeship but never meet. o 18 th  century – language and print media contributed to growth  of European “imagined communities.” o Colonial institutions also created new “imagined  communities.”
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Assimilation: when a minority group adopts the patterns and  norms of a dominant host culture. o No longer exists as a separate cultural unit. o Some countries are more assimilationistic than others. o Maybe be forced. Plural society: society combining ethnic contrasts, ecological  specialization, and the economic interdependence of groups. o Ethnic boundaries are most stable and enduring when in  groups.  They occupy different ecological niches. o Ethnic boundaries and interdependence can be maintained  but specific cultural features may change. Multiculturalism and ethnic identity o Multiculturalism: view of cultural diversity in a country as  something good and desirable. Opposite of assimilation. o  Increasing multiculturalism in the U.S. and Canada
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Increasing ethnic variety in host nations, particularly the  “developed” countries of North America and Europe due to  immigration. Multiculturalism and ethnic identity
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2011 for the course ANTH 1102 taught by Professor Gonzalez during the Fall '08 term at UGA.

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