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Title: A Blueprint for Multicultural Understanding


1
A Blueprint for Multicultural Understanding
  • Culture is a group that shares a program for
    survival, values, ideations, and shared symbols
    and perpetuates itself beyond the lives of
    individuals (Banks, 1997).
  • Culture can consist of many different ethnic
    groups or races

2
Key Terms Concepts All people share basic
needs.Each of us learns a set of behaviors and
beliefs from the people we grow up with
  • Human Race
  • a group that shares physical characteristics such
    as facial features, skin color, etc.
  • A social reality Used to sort social groupings
    and to define social and economic interactions.
  • No genetic different between races - DNA from 2
    different races is often exactly identical
  • Specific DNA sequences cannot be relied on for
    medical cures
  • Ethnic group shares an ancestral heritage, some
    genetics and language.
  • Kinship
  • Food preferences, lifestyles, etc
  • Body of beliefs and ritual activities that
    celebrate the communitys historical experience.

3
Everyone Has a Culture
  • Culture is a complex ideaas are Humans!
  • Many of these differences are related to
    culture-ways of living and being that are handed
    down from one generation to the next.
  • All people share basic needs. Each of us learns a
    set of behaviors and beliefs from the people we
    grow up with
  • Kind of houses we build and foods we eat
  • When not fully understood, can lead to
  • Stereotypes
  • Prejudices
  • Discriminations
  • Racism

4
Key Terms Concepts
  • Stereotypes is generalization that does not allow
    for differences.
  • Prejudice is a negative opinion, prejudgment or
    attitude about a group or its individual members.
  • Often accompanied by ignorance, fear or hatred
  • Discrimination is a behavior that treats people
    unequally because of their group memberships.
  • Often begins with negative stereotypes and
    prejudices
  • Racism
  • when one cultural group oppresses another group
  • Prejudice power

5
We all need to understand stereotypes
  • Use these questions to ask yourself how you are
    influenced by stereotypes
  • Does something about this persons appearance or
    behavior make me think that they are better or
    worse?
  • What is the basis for making this assumption?

6
Stereotypes
  • What labels am I consciously or subconsciously
    applying to this person?
  • To what cultural group am I assuming this person
    belongs to?
  • What do I know about that group and that groups
    within-group differences?
  • Am I thinking globally?

7
Three things to keep in mind
  • 1. All individuals are in some respects, like all
    other individuals.
  • We are all members of the human race and in the
    same species, Homo Sapiens.
  • 2. All individuals belong to a cultural group.
  • The cultural group serves as the basis for
    individuals to become humanized.
  • 3. All individuals have some uniqueness.
  • Individuals differ from one another both
    biologically and socially.
  • No two individuals share the same experience in
    their society.

8
A Model of Multicultural Understanding
  • Awareness of self is the first step to
    understanding others
  • To know oneself
  • Know your worldview (what is your view of life?)
  • Global Thinking
  • We must become cognizant of world events
    ourselves
  • The dominant view does not always translate
    correctly such as press, political analysis
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