Ch 9: Relations in the Multicultural Society

About This Chapter

These lessons on relations in the multicultural society can help you with a homework assignment, class project, or test preparation. You can review acculturation, segmented assimilation, amalgamation in society, and more from a mobile-friendly learning platform.

Relations in the Multicultural Society - Chapter Summary

In this chapter on relations in the multicultural society, engaging lessons cover topics like gene transfer due to mating between different cultures/ethnicities/races and the concept of multiculturalism in sociology. Additionally, you can review examples of segmented assimilation and internal colonialism. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Distinguish between assimilation and acculturation
  • Explain how processes of acculturation create a diverse society
  • Provide examples of cultural assimilation and extinction
  • Discuss how immigrants adapt to the mainstream culture
  • Recall problems with the theory of cultural amalgamation
  • Define marginality and explain the psychological impact of immigration and assimilation
  • Explain the concepts of equalitarian and inequalitarian pluralism
  • Recount the impact of imperialism and colonialism on political communities

Our subject-matter experts present these lessons in a manner that ensures the material is easy to understand. If you find yourself struggling with a topic, you can use the Help feature to submit questions to instructors. A short quiz is available to test your knowledge of each lesson, and the quizzes can be printed as worksheets for offline studying.

11 Lessons in Chapter 9: Relations in the Multicultural Society
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Acculturation vs. Assimilation: Definition & Examples

1. Acculturation vs. Assimilation: Definition & Examples

Assimilation and acculturation are both used to describe what happens when two cultures come in contact for extended periods of time. This lesson explains the difference with between these closely related terms and also gives examples.

Acculturation Processes: Substitution, Syncretism, Addition, Deculturation & Origination

2. Acculturation Processes: Substitution, Syncretism, Addition, Deculturation & Origination

This lesson will highlight processes of acculturation that create a diverse, complex society. As part of the discussion, we'll consider how the fast-food fish filet sandwich came to popularity due to forces of acculturation.

Cultural Assimilation & Extinction: Definition & Examples

3. Cultural Assimilation & Extinction: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn about the interactions between different cultures, and how those interactions can potentially lead to two different ways in which one culture is replaced by another.

Segmented Assimilation Theory: Definition & Examples

4. Segmented Assimilation Theory: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll talk about the theory of segmented assimilation, which explains how immigrants experience and adapt to the mainstream culture in different ways. We'll go over some important definitions and talk about some examples of segmented assimilation.

What is Cultural Amalgamation?

5. What is Cultural Amalgamation?

For centuries, immigrants have helped shape the culture of the United States by blending their cultures with the larger American culture. Through this lesson, you will learn how cultural amalgamation was intended to aid in this process, and you'll explore some of the problems with the theory.

Amalgamation in Sociology: Gene Transfer & Ethnicity

6. Amalgamation in Sociology: Gene Transfer & Ethnicity

What happens when different racial or ethnic groups come into contact with one another, marry, or procreate? In this lesson, we'll talk about amalgamation, or the process of combining races, as well as the related processes of assimilation and gene transfer.

Psychological Impact of Immigration & Assimilation

7. Psychological Impact of Immigration & Assimilation

What happens when immigrants arrive in a new country? In this lesson, we'll talk about the psychological impacts of immigration, including mental health issues and a loss of culture and identity.

Equalitarian & Inequalitarian Pluralism

8. Equalitarian & Inequalitarian Pluralism

Can a society be considered pluralistic if they still have a dominant culture? This lesson looks at two different types of pluralistic societies, equalitarian and inequalitarian pluralism, and explores how they function.

Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

9. Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

Throughout history, major political powers in the international system turned to imperialism and colonialism to increase their wealth and power. In this lesson, you'll learn more about imperialism and colonialism and the impact it has on political communities.

Internal Colonialism: Definition & Examples

10. Internal Colonialism: Definition & Examples

European colonialism was a system of domination whereby external powers ruled countries from afar. In this lesson, we'll talk about another kind of colonial domination: internal colonialism, or the process of creating forms of domination that are imposed internally in a society.

Multiculturalism in Sociology: Definition, Examples & Criticism

11. Multiculturalism in Sociology: Definition, Examples & Criticism

People within a society view multiculturalism in many different ways. This lesson looks at the concept of multiculturalism in how it is defined, the examples prevalent in society, and how it is viewed by critics of the process.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support