Anglo-conformity an expectation that minorities under the british colonial rule must outwardly conform to the british cultural & societal mainstream. Assimiliation a complex and dynamic process in which minorities begin to lose their distinctiveness through absorption into dominant society. As policy or political framework, assimilation can refer to those formal government initiatives for absorbing minority populations into the mainstream. Collective definition a distinct if somewhat underused approach to the study of race & ethnicity, collective definition endorses a view of race, ethnic, & aboriginal relations as dynamic & contested. Sectors ( dualism ) within both the dominant & subdominant groups compete with each other to define the situation differently & act accordingly, thereby creating complex & contested inter-group dynamics. Dominant group the collectivity of persons in society with the institutionalized authority to preserve the prevailing distribution of power, privilege, ad property.