eth 125 week one assignment Essay

Submitted By jsigel511
Words: 517
Pages: 3

1. What is diversity? Why is diversity valued? Diversity is the condition of having or being composed of differing elements. A variety; especially: the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization or an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities. (Webster) Diversity is extremely valued because every individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences is what makes each of us stand out, either as a group or as an individual. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and/or economic standing. 2. What is ethnocentrism? In what ways can ethnocentrism be detrimental to a society? Ethnocentrism is the tendency to assume that one’s culture and way of life are superior to all others. This can be very detrimental to society in that this may cause an individual or group to oppress or to hold another from ever rising to their full potential. It has also been the catalyst in atrocities such as the Holocaust. 3. Define emigration and immigration. Emigration is the act of leaving from one country to pursue a new life in another. Immigration is the arrival into a new country to pursue that new life. I.e.: My Great-Grandfather emigrated from Ireland and immigrated in to the United States. 4. What are some of the ways groups of people are identified? Groups are usually identified by their racial and cultural back rounds, typically by skin color or by from the area in which they are from. In America it is usually where one’s ancestors hailed from when they immigrated into the U.S. They can also be identified by their age group, sexual orientation or economic standing. Sometimes they are also identified by the things that they enjoy for entertainment purposes. Many examples for this are hipsters, gamers, racers, bikers, rockers, rappers to name a few.

5. Why do people label and group other people? We are taught since we are children to categorize and to label things in…