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Unformatted text preview: Functionalists justify a hierarchal system as inevitable and functionalafter all, who would do the crummy jobs?in order to maintain a dominant group in power, racial hatred have to be manufacturedscapegoats are helpful in diverting attention from serious social issuesthe 2004 elections in the US, with many ballot questions about gay marriage, are a classic exampleprejudice becomes irresistible (Henslin, p. 220) racial hatred creates group solidarity Functionalists also support assimilation so that the dominant culture remains supreme and unchallenged structural assimilation , or integration , occurs when members of subordinate groups gain acceptance in everyday social interaction with members of the dominant group--biological assimilation , or amalgamation, is the intermarriage of individuals from different groups psychological assimilation involves a change in ethnic or ethnic self-identification--...
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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