S0C 308 Arab Americans in the US week 3 draft
The topic of discussion will focus on the ethnic groups of Arab Americans living within various states of the United States of America. The analysis of answers is owned by the fields of anthropology and sociology. (W. H. Auden, n.d) Therefore as sociologist we must put aside views we learned when we were young and observe different behaviors and social interaction of groups through the use research and investigation. (Vissing, 2011) The research will center on aspects of the ethnic group’s assimilation, stratification, conflict, evidence of prejudice and discrimination in the sociological institutes throughout the United States of America and what experts say about these ethnic problems. The information in this paper will be obtained by using different methods of research such as U.S. Census data reports, news articles, scholarly journals, research based essays and Internet based data research centers.
Describe the selected society, focusing on ethnic groups’ assimilation, conflict, stratification and evidence of prejudice and discrimination
The topic of Arab Americans living and being a part of the daily lives of local Americans has been a sensitive subject for the past couple of decades. Groups are considered ethnic because a common trait amongst the people. The ethnic groups of Arabs hail from various Arabic-speaking Middle Eastern nations, North Africa and religious, which include Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq, The majority of these ethnic groups speak Arabic, however, there are other groups who live in these countries but do not speak the language. According to PBS.org (n.d) the first groups of Arab Americans immigrants were Syrian and Lebanese Christian Arabs.. Therefore, the majority Arab Americans living in the United States of America are either native-born Americans and or Arab Muslim university students.
In 1941, the colonial powers of Britain and France invaded and occupied the Arabic regions of Jordan, Syria and Lebanon (Ferguson, n.d). It is believed that the first group of Arab immigrants’ assimilated quite well into their adopted home society because of their common religious practices with the prevalent “religion of their host nation, as well as a relative lack of Arab identity” (Ferguson, n.d, p5) Later on however, and because of political unrest caused by a high profile Arab – Israeli conflict, and disenfranchising the Arab populations by Western supported autocratic governments, the second wave of Arab American immigrants consisted mainly of Muslims Arabs (Ferguson, n.d).
During the 1970s and till this day, the Arab American immigrants who arrived and are still to arrive, have had a harder time fitting in to the American culture. This was caused by “foreign policy and public ignorance” (PBS.org n.d, p.2) about the populations the Arabic people. For one, negative stereotypes often portrayed by Hollywood and the media show Arabs as “the bad guys or terrorists, greedy sheiks [wealthy men] and or barbarians [nomadic people]” (PBS.org n.d, p.2). Over the past few years, more elaborate stereotypes of Arab American Muslims have included every single Arabic person is a “supporter