Thinking about Diversity and Inclusion
Individual Assignment: Thinking About Diversity and Inclusion
Week 1 Individual SOC/315
What are the dimensions of cultural diversity? Identify and briefly explain the dimensions by referencing both textbooks. The dimensions of cultural diversity are made up of peoples of different races, ethnicities, religion and genders that when they come together their cultural characteristics that make them up should not be thrown away or overlooked, rather it should be preserved and respected. Harvey and Allard (2009) say that “Cultural features do not exist merely as badges of identity to which we have some emotional attachment. They exist to meet the necessities and to forward the purposes of human life…Cultural diversity viewed internationally and historically, is not a static picture of differentness but a dynamic picture of competition in which what serves human purposes more effectively survives while what does not tends to decline or disappear”. With what ethnic, cultural, or other groups do you identify? Describe what members of your social circle have in common. I am a 3rd generation Russian immigrant, my great grandparents came from Russia late 1890’s to 1905ish, I’ve never seem to have gotten a final answer on that. I am 100% Russian and all American, but I seem to fall into that typical white identity, Just white. The members of our family social circle are also Russian, and while it’s not just social it’s cultural and religious wrapped up into one. I am 100% Russian because of the sect of Christian religion that my community follows, has gotten legalistic in religious terms. They believe that members of our Russian community should only marry other members of our Russian community. They pride themselves on tradition quite a bit, even more so than their religious practices. We are all of the same community, we come from the Judeo-Christian Background, and we all know each other. Likewise in my personal social...
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