Multiculturalism And Social Ethnicism: The Latent Functions Of Ethnic

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The latent functions for ethnicity are assimilation, pluralism, multiculturalism, social solidarity, ideology, and affirmative action. David Corteau mentions that assimilation is when, “…Ethnic groups largely abandoned their distinct cultures and were absorbed into the nation’s dominant culture” (263). In the functionalist theory perspective assimilation is a process that minority groups have to go through for them to be able to adapt to the majority group standards. According to Hiromi Ono, “The results indicate that later generations of immigrant descendants’ are less likely to identify themselves as Mexicans, Mexican Americans, … and they are more likely to identify as Americans” (Assimilation, ethnic competition). The second and the third…show more content…
Having different people from different ethnicities can help you learn and understand different cultures. The more you are exposed to different ethnic backgrounds the more likely you are to accept others. David Corteau states, “Unfortunately, cultural difference often leads to inequality and conflict as groups with more power oppress, exploit, or otherwise discriminate against those who are different and who have less power” (76). Multiculturalism can lead to racism, which can sometimes cause violence. Every ethnicity has a sense of ethnocentrism, you believe that your ethnicity is superior to others. With ethnicity you have social solidarity because you have your own culture norms that you share with your own nationality. You share the same values and morals that are traditions specifically to your ethnicity. Your ethnicity gives you a sense of identity and belongingness to a community of people who have the same culture and traditions. Ethnicity provides you with a sense of collective identity and you also have an attachment to your life
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