“Guess who’s coming to dinner Mom?”

(Smith Family & Friends, December 25th 2014, Brampton, Ontario)  Multiculturalism can be defined by the preservation of different cultures within a unified society. This past thanksgiving my parents showed how people with open minds can thrive in a multicultural society.  What was amazing to see was the multicultural dynamic at one table as everyone brought a small dish and in the end we had a table full of food from various countries which was enjoyed by all. The discussions were very interesting because of the different perspectives and the willingness to listen and discuss.  My family strongly believes that multiculturalism strengthens a group and if nurtured within a unified society could make it thrive.

(Smith Family & Friends, December 25th 2014, Brampton, Ontario)

Multiculturalism can be defined by the preservation of different cultures within a unified society. This past thanksgiving my parents showed how people with open minds can thrive in a multicultural society.

What was amazing to see was the multicultural dynamic at one table as everyone brought a small dish and in the end we had a table full of food from various countries which was enjoyed by all. The discussions were very interesting because of the different perspectives and the willingness to listen and discuss.

My family strongly believes that multiculturalism strengthens a group and if nurtured within a unified society could make it thrive.

Cultural Assimilation

 

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This young boy in Guatemala is demonstrating cultural assimilation through his choice of clothing. The sport of hockey is not a part of Guatemalan culture, however this child is wearing a “Canada Hockey” shirt attempting to fit in with Canadian culture.

 

(Emily Bradley, May 2014, Panjachel, Guatemala)

Subculture

The above photograph, taken place in a local Starbucks, captures various sociological concepts however; the concept of subculture is clearly present. A subculture is made up of a group of people within a culture, who identify with each other through differentiating themselves from the culture to which they belong. Starbucks is typically a place you are able to find individuals who fit into or identify with the ‘Hipster’ subculture. Hipsters are typically people who do not fall into social norms; they use fashion, music and also where they hang out or study as ways to break typical social norms. Someone who would be considered a hipster would rather study at Starbucks with new indie music and personalized coffee, than at the library. Everyone in the above photograph could be considered a hipster, which makes this a perfect visual demonstration of the sociological concept of subculture.

The above photograph, taken place in a local Starbucks, captures various sociological concepts however; the concept of subculture is clearly present. A subculture is made up of a group of people within a culture, who identify with each other through differentiating themselves from the culture to which they belong. Starbucks is typically a place you are able to find individuals who fit into or identify with the ‘Hipster’ subculture. Hipsters are typically people who do not fall into social norms; they use fashion, music and also where they hang out or study as ways to break typical social norms. Someone who would be considered a hipster would rather study at Starbucks with new indie music and personalized coffee, than at the library. Everyone in the above photograph could be considered a hipster, which makes this a perfect visual demonstration of the sociological concept of subculture.

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In Western society people from a young age learn what prom is and want to experience it. As a result we spend close to $1000 if not more just to make that one night perfect and conform to the social norm of our society.

(Rachel Slegers, June 5th 2014. Strathroy Ontario.)

Gender Roles

Being a male in a caregiver position goes against our society’s traditional “rules of masculinity” and social convention.

Being a male in a childcare position goes against our society’s traditional rules of masculinity and social convention. My long hair is breaking a gender stereotype as well.

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Karl Loebus – July 19th 2013 – Downs Syndrome Research Institute, London, ON.

CLASS DIFFERENCES

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While the children of the Blue Collar workers slave to earn a living during their “vacation”, the privileged white teen relaxes in the sun. His only worry is deciding on Vueve or Dom Pérignon.

 

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Nigel Williams, Feb. 19, 2015, Bermuda