Dis-integrating Multiculturalism by Mute

By Mute

Because the creation of multiculturalism within the Seventies, the redefinition of race in cultural phrases has long gone hand in hand with an respectable discourse of admire for cultural distinction and variety. at the present time, within the wake of Sept. 11, the rhetoric of tolerance is visibly breaking down. As country coverage shifts from the party of distinction to an frightened demand assimilation, the racial different (whether citizen or immigrant) is lower than renewed strain to combine herself into society. during this factor of Mute, individuals learn the challenge of multiculturalism - political, medical and social - as either a neoliberal offensive and a problem to reconsider the connection among specific identities and common rights, evolutionary technology and biopower. Texts by means of: George Caffentzis, Matthew Hyland, Daniel Jewesbury, Marek Kohn, Eric Krebbers, Hari Kunzru, Melancholic Troglodytes, Angela Mitropoulos, Luciana Parisi, Benedict Seymour

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Historically, most immigrants entered the United States as members of the lower social classes. Over time, with the attainment of education, ethnics became more geographically and socially mobile. As they moved out of the ethnic enclaves and entered more professional work environments, their ethnic “skin” is said to have been shed. Sandberg (1974) and others suggest that ethnic identity and the salience of ethnicity decline with higher social class status; thus, ethnic maintenance is thought to be more strongly associated with working class individuals.

The family figures most prominently in the individual’s initial identification with an ethnic group. “The family is, of course, the first social group in which an individual becomes incorporated, and the parents’ ethnic identification and the sense of ethnic attachment fostered during childrearing are significant in the formation of the individual’s ethnic group identity” (Keefe 1992:39). Keefe (1992) advocates that future research investigate the role of family member interaction and child-rearing strategies in sustaining social group cohesion through the processes of ethnic identity and affiliation.

Hollingshead’s (1950) findings also supported those of Kennedy (1944) who examined New Haven marriage records for the period 1870-1950 and observed a trend toward a “triple melting pot” of Catholics, Protestants, and Jews. In later generations, she discovered a Protestant “pool,” from which English, Germans, and Scandinavians tended to marry; a Catholic “pool,” from which Irish, Italians, and Poles tended to marry; and a Jewish “pool,” from which German and Eastern European Jews would marry. Some studies of other groups have supported the idea of a multiple melting pot.

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