The Emerging Monoculture: Assimilation and the "model Minority"

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Eric Mark Kramer
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Social Science - 332 pages

Kramer brings together experts from a variety of minority backgrounds and from around the world to give their perspectives on the most pervasive ideology today, globalism. The basic premise is that a developed country is different from a developed community. They need not be mutually exclusive, but neither is it assumed that they are necessarily consonant.

The various essays offer answers to such vital questions as What does it mean to become a 'global citizen'? and What does it mean to be a 'model minority' in a global economy? The process of becoming a mainstream person involves being first marginalized with the implication that something is inadequate about one's self. The process of assimilationism is manifested as various forms of enforced and/or rewarded acculturation. With the vast human migration currently underway, the notion of assimilation has become a global phenomenon. What is occurring, Kramer and his colleagues demonstrate, is a worldwide shift from the village milieu to the city lifestyle. This migration is seen as a polycentric and global phenomenon whereby the promised land is nowhere in particular, but, instead, a way of life and mindset, an urban lifestyle. This process is far more than a simple change in geography. Moving from the village to the cityscape involves a mutation in worldview and self-identity. Additional questions asked throughout the collection are What set of persuasive assumptions are leading the world in this direction? and What might be lost in the process? A provocative collection for scholars, students, and other researchers involved with development studies, multiculturalism, and urbanization.

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THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BOOK FOR ME. It deals with the monoculture and multiculturalism. The point of my thesis is multiculturalism through the dramatic lens. I am a researcher at faculty of Arts, Kafrelsheikh University in Egypt. The monoculture single-minded . One should accept that he lives in a society fulls of values and assumptions. Actually, This book will be helpful to be. If there is more preview, it will add to my research.
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Contents

Gaiatsu and Cultural Judo
1
The Hidden Justification for Assimilation Multiculturalism and the Prospects for Democracy
33
Adopting the Caucasian Look Reorganizing the Minority Face
41
The Violence of Assimilation and Psychological WellBeing
75
The Ainu A Discourse on Being Japanese
85
Headache and Heartbreak The Elusiveness of Model Minority Status Attainment for African Americans
110
Being Disabled in Modern Japan A Minority Perspective
124
Successful Indians Benevolent Assimilation and Indian Identity
139
Demythologizing the Model Minority
191
Asian Indians and the Model Minority Narrative A Neocolonial System
203
A World of CookieCutter Faces
221
Cosmopoly Occidentalism and the New World Order
234
Selected Bibliography
293
Name Index
309
Subject Index
317
Contributors
329

Abandoned People in Japan The First Generation of Koreans in Japan
159
Old and New Worlds
174

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About the author (2003)

ERIC MARK KRAMER is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the editorial board of various journals and has published extensively. Among his latest books are Modern/Postmodern: Off the Beaten Path of Antimodernism and Postmodernism and Race.

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