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Week 1: Minorities

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Week 1: Minorities HSS 1120

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Qualities of a Minority and definitions of the key terms.
Introduction to Diversity
Dr. Kholoud Al-Qubbaj
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Robyn Dixon on Thursday January 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to HSS 1120 at Southern Utah University taught by Dr. Kholoud Al-Qubbaj in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 19 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Diversity in Arts and Humanities at Southern Utah University.

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Date Created: 01/14/16
Minorities Minority: 1. Unequal treatment 2. Distinctive Cultural Traits 3. Involuntary membership 4. Group Solidarity (Peoplehood) 5. Marriage: Marital endogamy a. Endogamy: marrying within the limits of the local community, clan, or tribe. Creation of Minorities:  Immigration  Annexation o Add an extra or subordinate part, especially in a document  Colonialism  Marriage Types of Minorities:  Racial o US: White-American, African- American, Hispanic-America, Arab, Asian  Ethnic o US: Hispanic and White Subgroups  Religious o Christian, Atheist, Muslim, etc.  Gender  Other: age, disability, or sexual orientation Possibilities of being a Minority:  Positive/Negative Consequences o Racism  Superiority to others based on skin o Cultural Shock  Disorientation when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life caused by immigration, visiting a new country, or a move between social environments o Genocide/Ethnic Cleansing/Extermination  Systematic elimination of a particular ethnic group or nation o Prejudice o Discrimination o Expulsion  Forced to leave o Secession  The action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body, especially a political state.  Ceased to be the minority, it becomes independent and the majority o EX: India Pakistan o Labeling Minorities  Regarded as deviant but others engaging in the same action/behavior are not: o Stereotyping:  Unreliable/over generalization about all members of a groups without taking individual differences into account o Segregation  Physical separation o Fusion  Mix to form a new group  Amalgamation  Intermarriage  Melting Pot o Acculturation o Assimilation  Adapt to the characteristics of the majority  Forced  Hard to assimilate  Cultural differences  Minority keeps culture, traditions, etc.  Short arrival time  Minorities concentrated not scattered  Homeland easily reached o Marginality  Being between 2 cultures Minorities Acculturation: the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group. Amalgamation: to mix or merge so as to make a combination Annexation: to attach, append, or add, especially to something larger or more important Assimilation: to bring into conformity with the customs, attitudes, etc., of a group, nation, or the like. Bilingualism: the ability to speak two languages fluently Colonialism: the control or governing influence of a nation over a dependent country, territory, or people Discrimination: to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality Dominant Group: group with power, privileges, or social status Ethnicity: a social group that shares a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, etc. Ethnic Cleansing: the elimination of an unwanted ethnic group or groups from a society, as by genocide or forced emigration. Ethnic Group: a social group that shares a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, etc. Expulsion: to drive or force out or away Fusion: mix to form a new group Gender: division of a species Global Village: the world, especially considered as the home of all nations and people living interdependently Immigration: to come to a country of which one is not a native, usually for permanent residence Indigenous: originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country Majority Group: the part of the population who hold the majority of social power in a society Marginality: being between two cultures Minority Group: the category of people differentiated from the social majority. Multiculturalism: the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation Pluralism: a condition in which minority groups participate fully in a dominant society, yet maintain their cultural differences Minorities Racial Group: a group of people who share similar and distinct physical characteristics Racism: a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement Secession: to withdraw formally from and alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc. Segregation: to separate or set apart from others or from the main body or group; isolate Subordinate Group: subject to or under the authority of a superior


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