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ERIC Number: ED138687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Applying Theories of White Ethnicity to the Non-White Experience.
Femminella, F. X.
Theories of assimilation which usually are used to explain the experience of white ethnic groups in America are reviewed. The melting pot theory sees all ethnic differences disappearing and the emergence of either a purely Anglo culture or a totally new American one. On the other hand, the theory of cultural pluralism describes ethnic groups as developing distinctive communities. The emerging culture explanation states that assimilation can move in two directions- toward the core culture and back to the ethnic subculture. Two examples of this type of explanation are the impact-integration theory and the Hansen theory of generations. It is argued that although the historical experience of non-white Americans has been different from that of white Americans, theories of white ethnicity can be fruitfully applied, with some modification to the non-white experience. Specifically the impact-integration theory and the Hansen theory of generations are applied to the experience of Afro-Americans. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Ethnic Studies Assembly (Detroit, Michigan, July, 1976)