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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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