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Social groups, identity, race, stereotypes and ethnicity

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This solution articulates the advantages of a multicultural society and labor force. Use the following questions to guide your writing:

How has U.S. society used each group's culture to construct the group identity? How has each group been stereotyped? How accurate are these stereotypes?

How does the social concept of race relate to each group? What prejudice has each group faced?

How do the behavior and thinking patterns of U.S. culture apply to each group, especially regarding class systems and employment?

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The solution provides a discussion that answers the 3 questions listed in the original problem (see above) on the topic of the construction of group identity and stereotypes, the social concept of race and thinking and behavior patterns as it relates to class system and employment. References are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word versionof the solution is also attached for easy download and printing.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. Since you did not include the matrix that you are to summarize, I am have made some assumptions. I will not go to specifics as they might not be what is indicated or used in your matrix, instead I will put together a solution for you from a general viewpoint. You can expand the ideas presented here by adding specific information that is from your matrix in your final paper (for example, you can mention the groups discussed as experiencing stereotypes). Good luck with your studies.

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Group Identity

Identity is a social construct. What does this mean? It simply means that what we think of ourselves and of others, how we identify them or label them is very much rooted in discourse, in talk, in culture and meaning making. Identity is a product of social relations and communication. Society and interaction is the site of identity creation. Let us discuss the multicultural society and the labour force. We live in a multi-cultural society. Simply put - our society and communities are made up of people from various ethnicities, of varied cultural traditions and races. Granted there is one popular or hegemonic culture that we all share in - the American culture - but in specific ethnic communities as well as places of work, certain unique and specific cultural practices that are not shared by all is still practiced. Culture are those traditions, practices, language systems and beliefs that a group of people share. This informs their identity, how they see themselves and how they are perceived by others. The labor force are made up of a ...

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