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openness
extent to which a system interacts with its surrounding environment
homeostasis
state of equilibrium that systems strive for but cannot sustain
culture
beliefs, understandings, practices, and ways of interpreting experiences that are shared by a number of people
standpoint
the social, symbolic, and material conditions common to a group of people that influence how they understand themselves, others and society
standpoint theory
claims that a culture includes a number of social groups that differently shape the perceptions, identities, and opportunities of members of those groups
social community
groups of people who live within a dominant culture yet also belong to another social group or groups that share values, understanding, and practices distinct from those of the dominant culture
ethnocentrism
the tendency to assume that one way of life is normal and superior to other ways of life
cultural relativism
recognition that cultures vary in how they think, act, and behave as well as in what they believe and value...its not the same as moral relativism
resistance
response to cultural diversity that occurs when we attack the cultural practices of others or proclaim that our cultural traditions are superior
assimilation
occurs when people give up their ways and take on the ways of the dominant culture
tolerance
response to diversity in which we accept differences, athough we may not approve of or even understand them
understanding
response to cultural diversity that assumes that differences are rooted in cultural teachings and that no traditions, customs, or behaviors are intrinsically better than others
respect
response to cultural diversity in which we value others' customs, traditions, values, and so forth even if we do not actively incorporate them into our lives
participation
response to cultural diversity in which people incorporate some practices, customs, and traditions of other groups into their lives
multilingual
having the ability to speak and understand more than one language