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Patterns of Race and Ethnic Relations

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Patterns of Race and Ethnic Relations Amalgamation The amalgamation model [melting-pot theory ] sees the dominant culture as a conglomeration of all groups in society. Each group actively desires to be a part of the dominant culture and makes an important contribution to the whole. Each group mixes freely with the other groups. Example: Mexico Blacks, Indians, and those of Spanish dissent mix much more freely than do races in the United States. Benito Juarez became the first Indian president in 1860 while the U.S. only contemplated its first Black President in 1984. In Mexico many people are a mix of Indian and Spanish. In the U.S. we hesitate to even acknowledge the contributions of minority groups. Assimilation Assimilation is the process of being absorbed into the mainstream of the dominate
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Unformatted text preview: culture. The assimilation model demands that other groups conform to the dominant culture . New comers are to be socialized into the dominant culture that is already present. Example: "English Only." Example: People who change their name to one that resembles names of members of the dominant culture. The notion of assimilation, however, is a very complex issue. Usually the dominant culture actively desires a minority who is culturally similar (in language and ideology). There are limits to the "closeness" that the dominant group will accept. It seems as though the dominant culture will accept minorities that assimilate culturally, but there is resistance when minorities want to assimilate structurally and thus achieve full citizenship rights in society....
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