Dialectic chapter 6 summary social history and

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Dialectic Chapter 6 Summary - Social history and mythology play a huge role in the way the United States is shaped today. Social stratification is built upon the foundations of the past! The chapter talks about all the discoveries that have happened in the past (such as Columbus discovering America) up to 1999 (when a new species of deer was discovered in Vietnam.) The early years are explained (slavery) and the reader informed that it wasn’t just blacks that were slaves, but many of the early Native Americans were enslaved by the European immigrants. The chapter gives some history of the early political parties, and introduces concepts of how people came to enter society in specific classes. The chapter goes into talking about Hawaii and how the Chinese, Japanese and Filipinos found it a primary destination to work on plantations, on farms, etc. The chapter explains how the United States was a land of opportunity that was “free for the taking” for the European immigrants. The chapter touches on Pearl Harbor, WWII, The Great Depression, and the movement and deportation of Mexicans. To summarize, this chapter gives a snippet into everything the United States has had to deal with, overcome, fight for, be ashamed about, etc. Chapter 6 Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only? Summary - The chapter opens up by asking the question “What do these ethnic identities mean to people and why do they cling to them rather than just calling themselves Amercians?”
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Symbolic identifications are mostly leisure activities, family traditions and reinforced by the aspects of “being ethnic” or entailed. The article then goes into what racial or ethnic identity means, and how it is portrayed on college campuses.
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  • Spring '12
  • Nutty
  • Sociology, racial socialization

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