soc183week11_The Future of the Color Line

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SOCIOLOGY 183 Race and Ethnic Relations Session 11 The Future of the Color Line Dr. Seth D. Hannah
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Assimilation Patterns • Straightline Assimilation: “acculturation and assimilation are viewed as secular trends that culminate in the eventual absorption of the ethnic group into the larger culture and general population” (Gans 1979)
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Assimilation Patterns • Melting Pot: the basis of straightline assimilation theory which “implies the disappearance of the ethnic group into a single host society” (Gans 1979).
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Symbolic Ethnicity • Symbolic ethnicity: “as the functions of ethnic cultures and groups diminish and identity becomes the primary way of being ethnic, ethnicity takes on an expressive rather than an instrumental function in people’s lives, becoming more of a leisure- time activity and losing its relevance, say, to earning a living or regulating family life” (Gans 1979, p. 9).
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Symbolic ethnicity, cn’td • “Symbolic ethnicity can be expressed in a myriad of ways, but above al, I suspect it
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course SOC 183 taught by Professor Sethhannah during the Fall '11 term at Harvard.

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