Unit 2 Homogeneity And Heterogeneity

| July 21, 2015

Unit 2 Homogeneity And Heterogeneity


For centuries, the United States has welcomed immigrants from around the world, and with each wave of new citizens, the country has grown. Some might say it has grown stronger from its diversity, and others would argue that it has grown fractured, because this very diversity creates conflict and dilutes resources. In all sectors of the economy, we have recognized value in our ethnic neighborhoods and perspectives, and stronger social and cultural structures from our blended differences. Imagine a community where many different races, ethnicities, and religions live on the same streets, with a variety of food, entertainment, and worship options that represent and celebrate the interests and uniqueness of its residents. This community has the kind of richness so many of us seek in our lives, and yet in some parts of the country and in the world, diversity is not so highly valued.


The concept of homogeneity—that we all blend together and begin to share values and a common culture—has given way to a celebratory sense of heterogeneity, each holding on to aspects of our cultures while sharing values and culture as well. The traditional melting pot of the United States was realized through immigrants who came to this country and were urged to fit in by blending in. Surnames were often anglicized by the clerks who filled out immigration paperwork, speaking any language other than English was frowned upon, and generations that followed lost touch with the cultural and linguistic roots of their forbearers.

Today and for the foreseeable future, immigrants to the United States and their children will continue to speak their native language in addition to American English. Unlike the ethnic enclaves of the past, people will live side by side, combined in a so-called salad bowl with a variety of people of other races and beliefs. In this unit, you will analyze these trends and characteristics and assess what this means for the global public administrator.


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

  1. Describe the role of the salad bowl and melting pot constructs in common public values and cultural diversity.
  2. Relate aspects of culture to citizenship in a global environment within the field of public administration.
  3. Analyze and discuss the impact of politics, religion, work environment, civic participation, and group involvement on culture and values.
  4. Interpret issues of communications and diversity as they influence cultural values.

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[u02s1] Unit 2 Study 1


Melting Pot Versus Salad Bowl: What the Experts Say About the Menu



Use DPA8412 Global and Diverse Societies to complete the following:

  • In the Kivisto and Faist text,Citizenship: Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects, read Chapter 1, “Introduction,” pages 1–13.
  • In the Kivisto text,Multiculturalism in a Global Society, read Chapter 2, “The United States as a Melting Pot: Myth and Reality,” pages 43–83.


Click Melting Pot Versus Salad Bowl: What the Experts Say About the Menu to complete the interactive.

  • The melting pot is an iconic concept in the story of immigration to the United States. But how valid is it as a description of the process and why are some people calling for it to be retired completely? For more on what the experts say about the melting pot and salad bowl debate, complete this interactive.





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