SOC101Y1 (Notes from Reading January 13th - Society in Question)

SOC101Y1 (Notes from Reading January 13th - Society in Question)

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SOC101Y1 Notes from Reading January 13, 2010 Society in Question Chapter 13 Multiculturalism highlights cultural blending and ethnic equality John Porter championed the imagery of a “vertical mosaic.” “Mosaic” highlights distinct ethnic identities, but Porter say little mixing or blending. He argued that Canada’s ethnic groups were vertically arranged Canada was composed of distinct social groups define by social class and ethnicity. - These social groups were vertically ranked according to income, power, and prestige Employment Equity Act – seeks to erase the subordinate positions of women, the disables, Aboriginal peoples, and visible minorities Is there a causal link between your ethnicity and your socioeconomic fortunes or misfortunes? Porter saw the French and the British as two “charter status” groups, commanding greater power and privilege than “entrance status” groups (ie. other immigrants) For Porter “immigration and ethnic affiliation . .. [were] important factors in the formation of social classes” In the 1931 census, he found British and Jewish groups were overrepresented in professional and financial occupations - They were underrepresented in unskilled and primary jobs Newcomers to Canada often brought with them different educational and occupational experiences Argued that social mobility was correlated with ethnicity Porter felt that multiculturalism would impede ethnic assimilation and perpetuate the link between social class and ethnicity Since the end of WWII the source of Canadian immigrants has shifted dramatically away from Europe and toward other continents, especially Asia - Greater priority is given to the skills new entrants has as opposed to their place of birth “Occupational inequality is still substantial enough to justify the use of the concept ‘vertical mosaic’ to characterize . .. ethnic relations in Canada” Monica Boyd demonstrated that ethnic ancestry was correlated with occupational attainment
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Coulaguori during the Fall '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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SOC101Y1 (Notes from Reading January 13th - Society in Question)

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