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Eth/125 Assignment 1

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Associate Program Material

Diversity Worksheet

Answer each question in 50 to 150 words. Provide citations for all the sources you use.

1. What is diversity? Why is diversity valued?

Diversity is often used to refer to many demographic variables like race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, education, geographic origin, and skill characteristics. Diversity is valued, because it has given our country its own unique strengths and flexibilities. Without diversity, our world would be in way worse shape than it already is today.

2. What is ethnocentrism? In what ways can ethnocentrism be detrimental to a society?

Ethnocentrism is where a specific ethnic group is brought to attention and centered on, usually being one’s own group. Ethnocentrism can be detrimental to a society, because it can lead to false opinions about the differences with cultures which then can often lead to falsified communication between the majority human beings.

3. Define emigration and immigration.

Emigration is defined as migration from a place (especially migration from your native country in Order to settle in another). Immigration is defined as migration into a place (especially migration to a country of which you are not a native in order to settle there). The two definitions are similar to one another.

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

Groups of people are identified in many different ways. They can be identified by all of the following: race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, education, geographic origin, and skill characteristics. Although I’m sure that there are many more categories that people identify others under, there are the most common ones.

5. Why do people label and group other people?

People label and group other people for numerous reasons. Some people label and group others, because they don’t want to accept the fact that they are different. Maybe they just don’t understand them or want to understand them. Others label and group to make them feel better about their own selves, because they are lacking self-confidence.

6. Define culture. Is culture limited to racial and ethnic backgrounds? Explain.

Culture is defined as the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc. Another definition of culture is the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group. No, culture is not just limited to racial and ethnic backgrounds. As it was mentioned in the definition above, culture is pertaining to social, ethnic, and age group, along with race as well.

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