Appendix a Cultural Studies Essay

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Appendix A

Part I

Define the following terms found in Week One and Week Two readings:

|Term |Definition |
|Diversity |Any one group or classification that has differences among the group members. i.e. race, |
| |religion, monetary status, etc. |
|Ethnocentrism |When one feels that their culture is more profound and grander than all other cultures out|
| |there. |
|Melting pot |When multiple (at least two) groups come, or “melt,” together and create a new group or |
| |identity. |
|Minority group |A group of people who have little control with how they can live their lives when |
| |comparing them to a more dominant group. |
|Emigration |When moves from one country to live in another. |
|Immigration |When one moves to a new country to settle permanently. |
|Culture |One group’s way of living in such a way that it seems to differ when compared to other |
| |groups. |

Part II

Answer each question in 250 to 350 words:

1. What are some of the ways groups of people are identified?

No matter what you are classifying, when it comes to people, we are all classified under two categories: Dominant and Subordinate. The dominant group would be the group that has the most options, power and control over their group. Subordinate groups typically have little power and control and find themselves with fewer options to succeed in society. Subcategories that typically fall under these two major categories are topics such as race, gender, religion and monetary status. For race, the generalized dominant group is those that are born White. The typical subordinate groups are Hispanic and Blacks. Although these are general and not very specific terms in this day and age it is found that those of Hispanic or Black coloration or background typically have less opportunity and are more likely to commit a crime. Another classification is Gender. The male versus female battle has been an everlasting one; however, when studying groups it is important to research the differences in the two. Back in the early 1900’s it was amazingly hard for any woman to have any opportunity, nowadays, things have changed and woman have more opportunities than ever before. Religion and monetary status is also looked at closely. Religion studies are done to see who may be the more accepted group: Christians versus Buddhists or Non-Believers. Sociologists also study the effects of money on a community; the classic grouping status brought on by the government certainly has gotten people thinking about the Upper, Middle and Lower…