Social diversity studies people as a group. It scrutinizes human activities in all phases. These phases range from inclinations of politics to religion. The society is divided in sex, age and other factors. The modern society can be divided into two groups; the dominant and the minority (Lott 2010). A minority group is a subordinate group that has less power and control over lives than people in the dominant or majority groups. Minority groups are not just calculated by numbers, but by the essence of the majority group. Minorities can be separated from the society as people who get social pressure.
Diversity does not solely refer to humans and their societies. Other living things like animals also have diversity. Social diversity is significant in every organization or groups because it defines these groups based on social class or race. People in an organization often divide themselves based on their language, culture or race (Lott, 2010). Diversity is normal, and it makes people identify with their race or culture. When people of different cultures or race converge in an institution or an organization, the most probable way for them to identify themselves would be by what they find familiar. However, this is not always right because it has the chances of introducing racism and ideology.
Subsidiary groups can be identified by physical qualities like language or the color of the skin. These differences set people apart in minority groups. Significantly, friendships and marriages can signify a minority group (Lott, 2010). For example, Asian cultures have high chances of marrying within their racial group than other races. The precise reverse of minority groups is the Dominant groups. People in dominant groups have more power, privileges and authority compared to people in minority groups.
Diverse groups in the society are created because of some prejudices, ideological inclinations and beliefs. For example, racism is one of the most significant ideas that cause prejudice in people of diverse races. It divides people based on skin colour and suggests that other races are inferior or superior to others (Adams, 2000). Prejudice to people who represent other races may cause discrimination on a fact or the assumption of a fact.
The society suffers from prejudices and a number of racism forms although it is always difficult to see and define the forms of racism. Racism is one of the instances that are not easy to see despite its existence. Thousands of years ago, there were numerous clubs and groups for people to gather based on their beliefs or ideologies (Adams, 2000). These were beliefs or ideologies that they had held through discriminating other people. A perfect example is the Nazis who believed that an ideal planet would be one that did not have any black person or a Jew. There are some evidences of ideological racism in the modern world. Examples include political parties and places like institutions, where people act and think in some ways. Racism in institutions is evident in all dominant companies and countries; however, people may not recognize such.
Despite the problems that people face in the societies across the globe, it is evident that social diversity is the principle influence growth and development of a suitable society for all races. Societies that have insignificant diversities are hardly developed educationally, economically and industrially (Adams 2000). However, countries like the United States continue to develop and fight for improved lifestyle.
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