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Lecture

Majority Group Attitudes & Racism


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC336H1
Professor
Brasch

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October 12 – Majority-group attitudes & racism
Ethnic and multicultural attitudes
-Preserving culture from a country of origin is supported by the majority of Canadians (87%)
- Integration:
oCertain types of multicultural activities were more acceptable than others
Some resistance to public programs (radio/TV programs or school programs)
Positive support for cultural centres, ethnic histories, folk festivals
Certain practices are more controllable (i.e. festivals) than others (i.e. school
programs)
- In Canada multiculturalism is directly tied to immigration
Attitudes towards immigrants
-Contradictions
oEducation and job skills
oHesitant to hire immigrants in high status positions
oWilling to hire in lower-status jobs
-Friends or business/professional relationship
oCanadians in general were more willing to share a relationship with other Canadians over
immigrants (any relationship)
-Acceptance of immigrants for neighbours has been on the increase but intermarriage remains low
-Ethnic groups create their own hierarchies; everyone has someone or group that they view to be
lower than themselves
Acculturation study
-Looking at how they feel about their relationship with their ethnic group and with the dominant
society
-What relationship do they want?
oAssimilation
oSeparation
oIntegration
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