ETH125 Appendix A Diversity Worksheet

    

Answer each question in 50 to 150 words. Provide citations for all the sources you use

  

What is diversity? Why is diversity valued?

 

What is ethnocentrism? In what ways can ethnocentrism be detrimental to a society?

Define emigration and immigration.

What are some of the ways groups of people are identified?

Why do people label and group other people?

Define culture. Is culture limited to racial and ethnic backgrounds? Explain.

    

Diversity Worksheet

Answer each question in 50 to 150 words. Provide citations for all the sources you use.

1. What is diversity? Why is diversity valued?

· Diversity refers to the unique and different people that makeup society. They are the different characteristics of an individual or a group of people found in a society. In the 21st Century society is extremely diverse. This does not just mean it is made up of different race, ethnicities, or nationalities but instead means it is made up with people that have different characteristics that include age, education, language, gender etc. Diversity is valued because each individual is unique and provides a different perspective on aspects in society. Diversity allows for more creative problem solving, expands the knowledge of their cultures, and establishes a more flexible understanding of others.

2. What is ethnocentrism? In what ways can ethnocentrism be detrimental to a society?

· Ethnocentrism is a belief that members of a group hold that they are superior to other groups in society. The problem with a group thinking they are superior is they view every other ethnic group to be inferior. When a group perceive themselves as superior the result is other people in society are judged or discriminated against. Ethnocentrism is detrimental to society when it is results in harm coming to others. For example the Nazi’s treatment of Jewish people they perceived to be inferior or the treatment of African Americans in American society.

3. Define emigration and immigration.

· Emigration is the movement of one person or group of people from one geographic area to another while immigration is the movement of any individual or group to a country. When someone emigrates or immigrates they permanently leave their home country to become citizens of the new country. There is only a slight distinction but either can occur in a large or small scale.

4. What are some of the ways groups of people are identified?

· Groups of people can be identified by many different characteristics. They can be identified by their different race or ethnicity or they can be identified by their gender. Groups in society can be identified based on their sexual preference or socioeconomic status as well as their religion or music preference.

5. Why do people label and group other people?

· People are labeled in order to make distinctions in society. What this means is the label is descriptive and creates a distinct identity for the group but it can also result in stereotypes that can be harmful. Labeling can be used to shame people or it can be used to elevate their position in society. Some labels are out of respect while other labels are placed on a group out of negative intent.

6. Define culture. Is culture limited to racial and ethnic backgrounds? Explain.

Culture is the distinct beliefs, attitudes, opinions, etc of a group of people in society. While culture was once only associated with race and ethnicity or history and tradition it is now used to describe all different types of groups in society. The cultural group can be made up of people from the same religion or they could be from the same music generation. The definition of culture is no longer confined to different races, ethnicities, or nationalities.

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