A Deeper Perspective Of Sociocultural Theory

925 WordsOct 21, 20154 Pages
The generic definition for diversity is the condition of having people of different races and cultures in an organization, such as a school. Culture is similarly generically defined as the beliefs, customs, and attitudes of a group of people or an organization. A deeper perspective encompasses sociocultural theory, where the social and cultural context of a person’s thought and actions are considered. According to sociocultural theory, we do not live in a vacuum. Interaction with social forces, or those omnipresent social influences that surround us, goes a long way toward explaining our attitudes, character, knowledge, feelings, and other individual attributes (“Diversity Consciousness”, 2010, 2004, and 2000). Identity is formed from internal and external influences. It is partly what we are, and feel inside and partly how we are influenced by our culture and society. Identity is fluid and can be changed in many ways and for many reasons. Similarly, race and ethnicity can alter as people’s perceptions change. As Henry Louis Gates (“Loose Cannons”, 1993), eloquently put it “My grandfather was colored, my father was Negro and I am black.” This brings me to my own personal identity and the aspects that have most influenced it. My black cultural identity, dual citizenship, religion and lastly, my teacher identity. My black cultural identity is expressed through my appearance, behaviors, dress, language and speech - all observable characteristics, according to the Iceberg
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