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    One concept discussed was assimilation. In his book, “Multiculturalism, A Very Short Introduction”, professor Ali Rattansi says there is a “growing acceptance within Western liberal democratic states that ethnic minorities have the right to retain their distinctive cultures, although always within certain limits” (Rattansi 11). Most of the book discusses the evolving debate and attempts to pin down a definition of multiculturalism. However, in my personal experience, multiculturalism is not the norm in America. Minority groups face unconscious assimilation on a daily basis. Article: U.S. Multiculturalism or Cultural Assimilation? Description: Discusses how the recently past field of Republican presidential candidates have advocated intolerance…

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    In the past, there have been many cultural changing events that have helped contribute to today's society. Globalization has increased the spread of culture and the thought of one culture being superior to another has caused and will probably continue to cause problems worldwide. When one group starts to develop more power, sometimes they use it to try to kill other cultures. This could include changing people and trying to assimilate them like the First Nations, or physically killing everyone…

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    Language is a key factor in cultural assimilation or representation. While the United States has no official language, English is predominate in most areas of the country. Despite this, there are a number of areas where a significant portion of the population is bilingual or trilingual. Parts of Houston have street signs in more than one language, and even ballots are translated into four or more languages. This is far from a unique perspective in most major metropolitan areas.. The…

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    Who Are We? Culture is a learned behavior as much as it is inherited. Culture will influence someone’s identity and how they see the world. Each individual identifies with some aspect of their cultural background for a sense of belonging, whether it is cultural assimilation, societal participation, inherited traits or a combination of the three. Although, people of different cultures are influenced by family, the individual is also influenced by society. “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker shows…

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    Gordon, Assimilation In this reading Gordon defines the assimilation theory as “a process of interpretation and fusion in which persons and groups acquire the memories, sentiments, and attitudes of other persons or groups, and, by sharing their cultural experience and history, are incorporated with them in a common cultural life.” Gordon focuses on cultural and structural marital assimilation. He defines cultural assimilation as the adoption of aspects of a new dominant culture. Gordon also…

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    In modern times, the topic of immigration has become a divisive issue, separating the American populous in two groups. One of these groups would argue that cultural identity should not be sacrificed during the immigration process. The other group shares Linda Chavez’s mindset and would argue that assimilation is an integral part of the process. Both of these opinions have merit- the former can claim that no one should have to change who they are just be accepted by others, and the second needs…

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    Although a common theme of self-loathing is seen throughout both of the text, the road to assimilation and conformity is extraordinarily different from the two characters. Morrison 's fictional lead, Pecola is the scapegoat of the community. She struggles with finding true her identity due to the color of her skin. She ends up losing herself by going crazy believing she was granted…

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    Final Exam Answer #3: Milton Gordon has stated that there are stages of assimilation, and those stages help out minority groups to integrate successfully within society. The study of assimilation has also been studied in conjunction with pluralism, because many people feel that the studies of pluralism and assimilation are similar. Assimilation and pluralism both deal with research that correlates with information pertaining to how various minority groups interact differently and engage…

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    gender, religion, ethnic background, country of origin and all other aspects inherent in human beings. The key term here is assimilation. Gordon points on how assimilation of different cultures, social backgrounds, different lifestyles, religions and all sorts of human differences, have been amalgamated to oversee the differences that once formed the basis of hate, discrimination and race prejudice. It is evident that the American history has moved a far along, and it is still going far. With…

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    During the early nineteenth century, generations of immigrant women undergo assimilation to unite themselves in American customs. The ideology that they will be accepted into a society that does not suppress their gender identity has driven them to this process but they blindly forget their origin culture. America’s “opportunities” is proved an illusion when the “American Dream” influences many foreigners to reevaluate their lives and social standings upon arrival. The illusion of upward…

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