I think the best, most logical, and most realistic explanation of abnormal behavior is the multicultural model, which according to the textbook is “the view that each culture within a larger society has a particular set of values and beliefs, as well as special external pressures, that help account for the behavior of its members” (62). This particular model attributes environmental and social factors as causing abnormal and dysfunctional psychological functions, because of their prominent and powerful influence on individuals’ conscious and subconscious, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This models also acknowledges and respects cultural diversity, while catering to these differences in ways that specifically emphasizes and celebrates these
In its simplest definitions, the concept of multiculturalism having its roots in theories of cultural pluralism and diversity, can be defined as a normative response to manage the challenges arising from the ever growing multicultural make up of urban population caused by immigration or de facto plurality of cultures in both plural and mono cultural societies. The challenges of multicultural urban societies have been attributed to the politics of cultural differences characterized by the difference in value system of dominant mono cultural groups and specific communities containing multiple ethnicities and, also finding possible ways to co-exist among such differences. The politics of difference is largely reflected in sharing and constitution
Every person their own unique attitude and beliefs that will affect their understanding of diversity, equity and democracy due to the fact that everyone is brought up differently. Diversity means range of different things, where if a person is exposed to more experiences in life, their understanding of diversity is in a much wider range. For instance, being born in a multicultural country such as Canada rather than the opposite will have a larger influence in the way of their understanding of diversity of different cultures and races. Whereas, equity means the quality of being fair and impartial. Every person is born in a different environment and lives through many different experiences. For example, a person born in a low income family, in
Human culture is a very diverse element of humanity. It has a variety of different building blocks that create the full meaning of the term. It involves aspects such as food, customs, music, language, and art. Similar patterns of culture form groups of people with common beliefs and lifestyles known as societies or communities. Culture can vary based on location of the society and the history of how the culture arose. Culture is constantly changing in so many ways and controversy arises between these societies with different views. In Barbara Gallatin Anderson’s book, Around the World in 30 Years, and several of the case studies the class has discussed this year, these diverse cultures were closely analyzed and the problems that arose from
Britain is and always has been a mixed race society. Gradually over the years, millions of people all over the world arrive either through past invasion or come as an immigrant to escape their own country’s famine, persecution and seeking for better economic opportunities in the UK (Zafra, 2007). The history of immigration and invasion has produced today’s diverse community. However, for the past few years, there has been a dispute concerning whether multiculturalism has obstruct the goal of attaining a peaceful community and instead causing extremism in the UK. According to Michelle Wilkinson (2011), this is resulted by the notion that multiculturalism promotes segregation and different groups having different beliefs leading to heavy tension and radicalization. On the other hand, multiculturalism has also been praised for advancing equality and social recognition (Caroline Howarth & Eleni Andreouli, 2013). In the light of this controversial issue, both aspect of the pro and cons of Multiculturalism to the society will be covered in this essay, exploring as a whole whether the ideology of Multiculturalism in enforcing equality has worked in Britain or not.
In my Cultural Diversity course the various perspectives of my classmates about topics of stereotypes and prejudice helped drive the class discussions and raised new questions that we hope future research can answer. The class has various ethnic backgrounds and origins that make class discussions thought-provoking. For instance I discovered through class discussions that our culture, values, and morals are key components in how we interact with each other and what we view as acceptable. In the article “Deprivations and Privileges We All Have” I found it fascinating how the author was able to get her Bachelor of Science of Psychology degree and Master of Arts degree in Child and Family Psychology in the Philippines and her teaching methods were not questioned but once she acquired her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York in Albany she was told what and how to teach (Tuason, 2010). That raises many unanswered questions that even psychologists’ today struggle to answer. How is it that a Caucasian American makes more than an African-American male with a Bachelor degree or why is it that women get paid less than men? Being a current employer at both a restaurant and retail it is important to value the emphasis on the institution in which the work is being done. At the restaurant all the
The idea of multiculturalism, as presented Philip Resnick’s The European Roots of Canadian Identity, not only looks for a solution to the relations between English speaking Canadians and French speaking Canadians, but incorporation of other ethnicities into Canadian society as well. Resnick compares Canada’s multiculturalism as being too lenient to outside cultures to the assimilation system of the United States which puts little emphasis on diversity.
Racial diversity is a desired concept that intends to secure the right of equal opportunity that is promised to all citizens of the United States. Such an idealistic vision has been attempted through a process called affirmative action. As a program created from the 14th Amendment, affirmative action aims to impose “equal protection of the laws” by requiring schools to adopt a quota for the enrollment of minorities. This program is intended to compensate for the centuries of discrimination that minorities have faced, but affirmative action has became problematic as it has failed to do this. Affirmative action is not the solution to ensure equal opportunity for minorities to access higher education. Although affirmative action has increased diversity in selective schools, it defeats its purpose because the resulting diversity is not equal representation of the nation’s communities , the process has led to reverse discrimination, and the education standard has been lowered in the selective schools.
When diversity is being discussed, there are a plethora of ideas that are associated with it. Whether people are talking being put on a waitlist for college, about people of color, or about representation in the media, the subject of diversity is not rare. Recently, the conversation of diversity has become more common because colleges want to demonstrate that they have diversified campus. How would diversity on campus be defined? Most importantly, diversity is more than having an extraordinary personality. Race, gender, sexuality, and social status are a few of the superfluous traits that make an individual unique in a college’s eyes. In Sophia Kerby’s article, “10 Reasons Why We Need Diversity on College Campuses”, she notes that, while there has already been an effort to diversify high schools and middle schools, accepting students of different backgrounds is not as apparent in higher education (1) . A university desires to diversify its campus in order to benefit the students that are attending the college. Students are not only likely to improve
As we go about our daily lives in the beautiful country of Canada which we have been blessed to live in, it has become normal to see a woman who wears the hijab walking down the street, or a Black family driving on the highway, or an Indian man wearing a suit and tie heading into the office. Canada’s cultural diversity is something which makes the country so special to live in, and instances where we see people of different cultures is increasing everyday. Many of the newcomers who arrive from overseas into Canada are families, with children and youth ready to begin their new life filled with opportunity here in Canada. However, youth who settle in Canada with their families aren’t exempted from the trials and tribulations youth face. In fact,
When dealing with a culturally diverse classroom it is important that you treat each child equally and “throw your personal beliefs out the window”. Teachers can sometimes accidentally be culturally biased with no intent to be but they have an unconscious biased towards certain students. This may because of his or her race, religion, parents but every child has potential and should be given an equal education and opportunity to succeed. Teachers need to be aware of where they stand on certain issues because everyone has their own beliefs and opinions and it is important to not criticize a student beliefs/cultural identity. As a person of authority, always be mindful of what is said in class; criticizing based on your personal beliefs can lead to damaging a student's perception on a certain group of people which in turn can ruin your image as a role model/ mentor to them. Teachers need to understand the individuality of each student and not to treat them differently based on stereotypes perceived about them.
In Psychology, identity formation is seen as a process of developing one’s individuality, where an individual develops distinct personality, involves a sense of uniqueness and affiliation. It is how a person defines him/herself. According to Erikson’s theory, identity development occurs typically during adolescence and early adulthood. A person’s identity may be related to several aspects like language, caste, culture, religion, social class, race, gender, sexuality, occupation, and family.
Diversity and Inclusion are important to the University of Toledo’s campus because they don’t just serve to one ethnicity, they serve to many. Many different kinds of cultures come to UT to give themselves an education and to better themselves. Here at the University, they want everyone to get along with each other, since it’ll make coming to school more exciting
Cultural Appropriation versus Multiculturalism In today's society, there are many different cultures that individuals identify with. Culture is very important to many people and is something that helps define who we are. When different cultures are respected and appreciated, it is a beautiful thing, it can bring individuals in society closer to one another. Ideally, this understanding of one another’s cultures can lead to multiculturalism.