The Link between Culture, Ethnicity and the Child Analytical Essay by Meg

Looks at the impact that ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds have on the daily lives of children or young people.
# 151390 | 2,055 words | 18 sources | APA | 2010 | KE

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This paper investigates the general concept of culture and ethnicity and how these two sociological concepts affect the development of children that exist within the diverse societies, which are prevalent around the globe. The paper illustrates the important role of ethnicity and culture in a child's development, such as learning, eating and interacting with their societal peers. The paper concludes that culture and ethnicity determine which values and beliefs a young person will follow to achieve social maturity successfully within the society and ethnic group.

Table of Contents:
Children or Young Adults and Culture or Ethnic Aspects
Impact of Ethnicity and Culture in the Daily Lives of Children and Young People

From the Paper:

"Social characteristics such as religion, beliefs, shared values and customs, ethnicity and cultural backgrounds of a community impact on the development of children in that these beliefs or religions determine what practices the child will be involved in within the community. Social characteristics impact on how children react to various situations in their day to day activities as they regard these characteristics when making decisions on how they will relate to their peers in school and also how they will interact with their colleagues in learning institutions. The ethnic or cultural group impacts on the development of a child or young person as it provides a child with the ability to communicate in a language that can be understood by other members of the same social group or community. Ethnic groups impact on young adult's development as they provide them with a sense of identity that can either be ethnic identity, cultural identity, nationality and racial identity. This sense of identity is important in the development of the young adult's personality, character and individual characteristics that are deemed to be different from those of other peers within the same social setting.
"Social discrimination and racism exists in various ethnic communities around the world where various ethnic groups are discriminated against based on their social beliefs, values and customs."

Sample of Sources Used:

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