Assimilation in American Life: The Role of Race, Religion by Milton M. Gordon

By Milton M. Gordon

The 1st full-scale sociological survey of the assimilation of minorities in the USA, this vintage paintings provides major conclusions in regards to the difficulties of prejudice and discrimination in the US and gives optimistic feedback for the fulfillment of a fit stability between societal, subgroup, and person wishes.

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To study a society's social structure is to study the nature of its family groups, its age and sex distribution and the social groupings based on these categories, its social cliques, its formal and informal organizations, its divisions on the basis of race, religion, and national origin, its social classes, its urban and rural groups, and the pattern of social relationships in school and college, on the job, in the church, in voting behavior and political participation, and in leisure time activities.

1957; Milton M. , Duke University Press, 1958; Joseph A. , Free Press, 1960; and Kurt B. , 1955. , 1959). 17 Gordon, op. , p. 245. THE SUBSOCIETY AND THE SUBCULTURE 41 siderable extent—that is, those who are high in economic power tend to be high in political power and in social status, and so on. Each of the variables, in other words, "converts" easily to the other, and there is a process of constant interaction in which greater economic power allows one to secure higher social status, while higher social status, in turn, makes it easier to secure additional economic power.

Upward social mobility, then, involves the need for learning and adopting values and behavior in accordance with the stand- THE SUBSOCIETY AND THE SUBCULTURE 47 ards of the class into which the upwardly mobile person is moving. We have now isolated four factors or social categories which play a part in creating subsocieties within the national society that is America. They are ethnic group, social class, rural or urban residence, and region of country lived in. "23 Thus a person is not simply a white Protestant.

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