HIS367H5 Lecture Notes - Ultraist Movement, Leonard Maltin, Canadian Identity

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Lecture 3 Defining terms and concepts II: integration vs. assimilation,
multiculturalism, tolerance, and political culture
Next Week: Multiculturalism
This country has the potential to be transformative and path breaking, however, it is very
important to think carefully what this experiment is, how things are working, why they are
working, etc. It is important to think about what is happening in this country, and is important
because it is often discussed messily; when policies that come into place and threaten it, there will
be a mess
Basic Theoretical Ideas & Terminology
The point about a diaspora is not a category, not a technical thing; it is how you think about
o However, you do not consider yourself diasporic sometimes for a reason. Diasporic
means outsider.
To be diasporic has nothing to do with appearance, religion, or generation. It is a question of
connections. It is an imaginative space and the stories that you tell yourself of who you are and
where you are. Where you see yourself as rooted. It is a connection to an adopted society and
home and at the same time a sense of connection to a “mythic homeland” (does not matter if
you’ve been there or it exists)
o The memory of a place still sits in the minds of the members of the family
o It is an idea of a some place else, it does not have to be a physical place that you can walk
into in their minds, it is significant and therefore in your mind that is how you know it
Diasporic community is how you feel about yourself and how you consider yourself depends on
how you view yourself and how you feel like you are perceived from the outside world whether
you are welcomed or not quite welcome
Host Society do not use “host society”; instead, use adoptive home or wider society. This is
because Canada is a diasporic host of diasporic people.
o What happens when you have a host guest relationship? You can actually tell your
guest to leave or no longer welcome. This is problematic because there is now a power
relationship. When one group sets itself up (essentially diasporic) and say they are the
power group, it is a power relationship
Assimilation instead, use integration. The notion of assimilating, you have to think about when
the founding fathers of America, they were aware of what they were wrestling with. Assimilation
emerged as a form of Anglo-conformity. Washington and Jefferson were concerned with the ideas
of what immigrants would bring with them, they did not want the cultures that the immigrants
would bring with them. Furthermore, if you cannot adopt, then they should leave they must cast
off the European skin and look forward. These ideas were expressed with the notion of the melting
o Even in the situation, they were discussing long before Israelis, they were talking about
people who had similar facial structure and who once they have been in the US would
pretty much sound similar, but the argument is that no body EVER casts off the European
o When you come to the new country, you need to take on this new idea. Leave who you
were behind and take on the new culture convert!
o Another problem with assimilation is that they never ever completely assimilate. This is
because right away, there is always a criteria of assimilation skin tone, shape of face,
African Americans and aboriginals were never allowed to assimilate in the past
Integration two types of integration
o Internal weaving
It is a whole package of seeing the world involving religion, way of
understanding gender relations, how individuals relate to society, politics,
etiquette, holidays, etc.
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