The notion of assimilation

The notion of assimilation - ethnic diversity D Segregation...

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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. C. Pluralism (Salad Bowl Theory) In a pluralist society unique groups coexist side by side. The uniqueness of each group is considered a trait worth having in the dominant culture. Note our fascination with unique cultures. Example: American Indians in Santa Fe selling art work. The consequence of living in a pluralist society is recognition and tolerance of cultural and
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Unformatted text preview: ethnic diversity. D. Segregation Segregation is the spatial and social separation of categories of people by race/ethnicity, class, gender, religion, or other social characteristics (Kendall, 1998:51). Explanations include economic inequality, prejudice, and personal preference. Segregation can occur at work, in neighborhoods where people live, or in social activities (Appelbaum and Chambliss, 1997:266) E. Legal Protection of Minorities Legal protection of minorities refers to a situation where the majority group will pass laws that protect the status of the minority group. Example: Canada set the Province of Nunavut for the aboriginal population who live in that area. F. Population Transfer Population transfer occurs when one group expels another group from a given territory....
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