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Families and Social Change, Week 4 notes

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Families and Social Change, Week 4 notes Soc 354

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Date Created: 02/15/16
Chapter 3 Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration  Race: a group of people who are assumed to be from the same country, due to looking  similar. Examples: white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American.  Ethnicity: a group of people who share cultural practices. Examples: Indian, Filipino,  Guatemalan.   Racial Ethnicity: a group of people expected to look alike. Examples: perceiving  African Americans as black or European Americans as white.   Endogamy: marrying someone of the same race  Exogamy: interracial marriage  Race is self­identified. For example: if a physically white person grows up in a Hispanic  house/culture, they may define themselves as Hispanic.  Minority Group: a group not considered the majority in a particular country or culture.  Examples: black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and mixed­race groups.  Although the US is still primarily white, all minority groups have grown, especially the  Hispanic group.   Native American: 1 million in US, over 350 tribes o Contains only 2% of the US population. o Non­competitive, valued working together over competition in early days. o Gender crossing was recognized and so was a third gender.  o Many tribes engaged in polygamous relationships.   African American  o Men and women worked for pay, often in the slave market.  o Very adaptive, often matriarchal families o Marriages were information, many became widowed before age 50. o Many left the South after 1950, but were still residentially segregated.  o Blocked access to good­paying jobs o Most TV shows featuring black people are of wealthy families, even though their  poverty rate is higher than any other race.  o Families with no college degree and living in old industrial cities were most  affected by the decline in blue collar jobs.  o Black people today are less likely to marry, more likely to be single parents, and  more likely to become incarcerated than people of any other race. o Black women are the least likely to marry someone outside their race.  o Extended households are most common among black families.   Hispanics o Largest minority group in US (over 50 million).  o Most common groups are Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban o Over ¾ speak Spanish in their own community o Some were here on our land before it became US territory, other immigrated.  o Mexicans and Cubans are likely to have married parents, while Puerto Ricans are  more likely to have single parents.  o Language and religion vary among Hispanic groups.  o Familism: like collectivism, putting the family’s needs before your own. Often  practiced in Hispanic families.   Asians:  o 6% of the population o Most from China, the Philippines, and India o Most are immigrants and speak their native language at home. o Value respect for elders and education.  o More likely to live in multigenerational households than the general population.  o Some Asians are well educated and wealthy, while others are poor. This is why  many refugees have been trying to immigrate to the US for a better future.   Immigration o Can improve lives of people, but comes with challenges.  o 13% of US citizens were born in another country o If parents are included, the number is about ¼ o Immigration has increased in the last 50 years, as laws have changed to allow  more immigrants.  o Acculturation: immigrants adapting to a new language and culture.  o Assimilation: how well immigrants fit into mainstream society o Generations of immigrants  .5 Generation: Those who immigrate after retirement. Find fitting in  challenging and often rely on their children.   1  generation: Those who immigrate as adults during their career.  st  1.5 generation: children of the 1  generation immigrants who immigrate  at the same time.   2  generation: children of 1  generation after the immigration, born into  mainstream culture.  rd st  3  generation: grandchildren of 1  generation, often embrace both native  and American culture.  o Intermarriage: Marrying outside one’s race.   was banned until the 1960s.   increasing today, as it is more socially acceptable  Social distance: attitudes toward people of other racial groups. 


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