GTY 154 - Chapter 7V2

GTY 154 - Chapter 7V2 - GTY 154 Race & Ethnicity Minorities...

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GTY 154 Race & Ethnicity
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Minorities A culturally, ethnically, or racially distinct group living within a larger society Faces subordination and discrimination within society Four largest groups recognized by US Census African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian American/Pacific Islanders, and American Indians/Alaskan Natives
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Melting Pot Early part of 20 th century, immigration Encouraged children to leave behind parents’ language and customs, assimilation Pluralistic Society Many racial and ethnic groups exist side by side Immigrants maintain aspects of their own culture, but influence dominant culture Assimilation continuum Runs from very traditional to bicultural to very assimilated Can fit in various places on continuum for different parts of their lives
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Projections for the Older Population 2003 Whites: 83% Blacks: 8% Hispanics: 6% Asians: 3% 2030 Whites: 72% Blacks: 10% Hispanics: 11% Asians: 5%
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Why Study Minority Aging? Growth in size of older minority population Older adult minorities often have lower incomes, poorer health, and shorter lives Can lead to more responsive programs for older people and a better quality of life for older minorities Experience aging differently than older Whites Can teach us all about other ways of growing old Express diversity of US society
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Demographic Characteristics Dominant group: Whites Variety of ethnic groups of European origin Long history of settlement in the US Greater proportions of population 65+ More formal education and lower rates of poverty Likely to have access to and make most of formal support systems Minority Older Population 2002: 17% of 65+ By 2020: 23% of 65+ By 2050: 36% of 65+
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Diversity of the Minority Population Differences in: Mortality Fertility Migration Subgroups differ in: Demography Cultural background Reasons they came to the US How they came to the US
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Aging of the Minority Population Minority population in US is aging along with general population aging Overall all aged 85+ will increase fourfold From 4.6 million (2002) to 19.4 million by 2050 Blacks 85+ will be 6 times larger Hispanics 85+ will be 12 times larger All older minority groups expected to increase
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Three Theories on Minority Group Aging Multiple Jeopardy Leveling Life Course Perspective
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course GTY 154 taught by Professor Fenster during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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GTY 154 - Chapter 7V2 - GTY 154 Race & Ethnicity Minorities...

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