PERLS104 Lecture Notes - Conflict Theories, Manifest And Latent Functions And Dysfunctions, Ethnocentrism

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Functionalist theory: assumed that an eventual assimilation of racially defined minorities into the majority (white) society would occur time. Conflict theory: conflict theory: viewed race as an insider and outsider relations, but was viewed as a latent function which would lead to social equilibrium. Relations between natives and non-natives in canada are characterized by: exploitation, racism, ethnocentric distortion, assimilation and resistance. Exploitation: historically, native athletes were exploited for their novelty (indianness) on international tours, natives were also exploited for their athletic skills in sports such as lacrosse and running. Racism: exploitation came also with clear example of overt racism, there are still report of racist comments being made to native athletes, even at levels like the nhl. Ethnocentric distortion: a failure to understand differences in cultural beliefs, practices, and traditions has led to racism. Changes are most likely when: people with power and control benefit from inclusion.

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