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Assimilation (A+B+C=C+B+A) Assimilation is the process by which a subordinate individual or group takes on the characteristics of the dominant group and is eventually accepted as part of the group. The majority dominates in such a way that the minorities become indistinguishable from the dominant group. • To be complete, assimilation must entail an active effort by the minority group individual to shed all distinguishable actions and beliefs and the unqualified acceptance of that individual by the dominant society. • Assimilation is very difficult. The person must forsake his or her cultural tradition to become part of a different, often antagonistic culture. Members of the subordinate group who choose not to assimilate look on those who do as deserters. Assimilation is viewed by many as unfair or
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Unformatted text preview: even dictatorial. However, members of the dominant group see it as reasonable that people shed their distinctive cultural traditions. Assimilation does not occur at the same pace for all groups or for all individuals in the the same group. Assimilation tends to take longer under the following conditions: 1) The differences between the minority and majority are large 2) The majority is not receptive, or the minority retains its own culture 3) The minority group arrives in a short period of time 4) The minority group residents are concentrated rather than dispersed 5) The arrival is recent, and the homeland is accessible In the United States, dominant White society encourages assimilation. The assimilation perspective tends to devalue alien culture and to treasure the dominant....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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