Majority Group Attitudes & Racism

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Published on 16 Feb 2011
School
UTSG
Department
Sociology
Course
SOC336H1
Professor
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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Preserving culture from a country of origin is supported by the majority of canadians (87%) Integration: certain 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.  certain practices are more controllable (i. e. festivals) than others (i. e. school programs) In canada multiculturalism is directly tied to immigration. Contradictions: education and job skills, hesitant to hire immigrants in high status positions, willing to hire in lower-status jobs. Friends or business/professional relationship: canadians 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.