Mexican-American and African-American Assimilation Comparison Essay

Mexican-American and African-American Assimilation
A comparative analysis of Mexican-American and African-American assimilation in the United States today.
# 52782 | 4,544 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Sep 21, 2004 in Sociology (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper examines the processes and sub-processes of assimilation. It looks at how sociologist, Milton M. Gordon, viewed assimilation as a collection of sub-processes emphasizing three main processes: cultural;
structural; and marital assimilation. It focuses on cultural, structural, and marital assimilation between African-Americans and Mexican-Americans in Texas and New York, as represented by 1990 and 2000 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Cultural Assimilation
Marital Assimilation
Secondary Structural Assimilation
Primary Structural Assimilation

From the Paper:

"Oppression has been a part of the patchwork of American history since the nation's inception, leading to a fairly paradoxical culture in which equality and justice are theoretically cherished at the same time they are questionably practiced, and also in which a legacy of xenophilia, or the welcoming of immigrant contributions to the larger culture, has been mixed with a seemingly contradictory legacy of xenophobia and oppression of minority and immigrant groups. As the result of this historical legacy of oppression, members of a minority group such as African-American and Mexican-American cultures may, over the course of time, internalize the low self-image of themselves that has been traditionally projected by the dominant group as a justification for its oppressive policies."

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