US Immigrant’s Sociological Perspective

Race and ethnicity define culture and society. The social perspectives of culture indicate how people view others depending on how they have been brought up, as a result of conflicting interests and based on human nature.  The United States of America serves as a good example to examine race and ethnicity from sociological perspectives.  With the original Americans being dominant than the immigrants who may be termed minority, all races have been stereotyped in accordance with their culture.


 

The functionalist’s theory reflects American society. Under this approach, we can explain why immigrants have been considered inferior by the original inhabitants.  Under the functionalist theory, Americans can justify discriminating the immigrants since they are the original owners of the land and therefore an unequal society is justified (Glazer, 2000). Therefore, a dominant and subordinate relationship is essential in creating an established social structure.

Constant conflicts have dominated race and ethnicity in America. Most notably the denying of voting rights to Africans and the creation of Jim Crow laws indicates the Americans fear of black American dominance (Takaki, 1987). Thus under conflict theory, the black American struggles represent power disparities under the domination of original inhabitants. Therefore, ethnicity has a role in explaining historical struggles in America.

Human interaction has a direct influence on racism. Under interactionism theory, original America inhabitants have perceived Africa as a poor nation (Glazer, 2000). Such perceptions may be perceived by media or politicians thereby influencing Americans to stereotype all Africans as inferior.  In essence, this has defined the black and white identity as well as social symbolism.

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The social interaction between US original inhabitants and immigrants perceptions on each other help define race and ethnicity (Stangor, 2009).  These perceptions give an insight into the role of society and race to influence stereotypes. Therefore, all humans are subjects to stereotypes that are embedded in their culture

 

 

References

Glazer, N. (2000). Race and ethnicity in America. Journal of Democracy11(1), 95-102.

Stangor, C. (2009). The study of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination within social psychology: A quick history of theory and research. Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination, 1-22.

Takaki, R. T. (1987). From Different Shores: Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016..

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