Multiculturalism Surrounded External And Internal Interactions.

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Multiculturalism Surrounded External and Internal Interactions Individuals do not experience life in a vacuum. People are shaped by their experience and the culture they live in. Their reality of the world is a view that is influenced by collected knowledge and preference of a majority group. We as people understand that generalizations are not representative of everyone but we nevertheless hold people to these generalized standards. Berry (2005) highlights the differences and interactions between group level and individual level processes and how they influence acculturation. He defined acculturation as “the dual process of cultural and psychological change that takes place as a result of contact between two or more cultural groups and…show more content…
In the section of the figure marked “strategies of larger society,” it lists the outcomes as multiculturalism, melting pot, segregation, and marginalization. Here multiculturalism is defined as the society embracing and supporting the integration of multiple cultures. The other terms are not uncommon in American society. Segregation, the separation of cultures, and exclusion, the oppression, and erasure of cultures, are both well recorded in American history. The term “melting pot” is not foreign to American culture. It is the idea of individuals of different cultures leaving behind their old ways and embracing the new in order to unify as a nation. Previously, it was not thought as a negative thing, as the unification of people was particularly emphasized, however, there were (are) multiple issues. The unified culture often was the majority culture and it dismissed the influences of other cultures. There is no true American identity as all of living here have connection to immigrants, however, the majority (whites) expressed themselves as American and define what it means to be American. Moving into the realm of internal culture, or strategies of ethnocultural groups, there are four categories, integration, assimilation, separation, and marginalization. These categories are within the same realm of Iwamoto and Liu (2010) racial identities formation statuses, and the configurations of MULTIIS (Yampolsky, Amiot, Sablonnière 2015), where individual variations of adaption
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