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By Milton M. Gordon

The 1st full-scale sociological survey of the assimilation of minorities in the US, this vintage paintings provides major conclusions in regards to the difficulties of prejudice and discrimination in the USA and gives confident feedback for the fulfillment of a fit stability between societal, subgroup, and person wishes.

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However, if the clientele of the concern is also of the same ethnic group— examples would be the kosher butcher shop or the retail store whose only merchandise is religious objects for Catholic consumptionthen the isolation from inter-ethnic contacts even on the job is virtually complete. Governmental relationships to the larger society are, by definition, non-ethnically oriented. 11 Active work in political 11 A further exception should be noted here: the federal government's recognition of religious belief and background as relevant in the case of the conscientious objector to war and military service.

Kurt Lewin, Resolving Social Conflicts, New York, Harper and Brothers, 1948, pp. 163-6; 183-5. 8 THE SUBSOCIETY AND THE SUBCULTURE Jl economic and occupational life, religion, marriage and the family, education, government, and recreation. To study a society's social structure is to study the nature of its family groups, its age and sex distribution and the social groupings based on these categories, its social cliques, its formal and informal organizations, its divisions on the basis of race, religion, and national origin, its social classes, its urban and rural groups, and the pattern of social relationships in school and college, on the job, in the church, in voting behavior and political participation, and in leisure time activities.

The families are listed in the city's Social Register or its equivalent, and they have been so listed since these compilations of the names, addresses, and schools of the elite began to appear in the late nineteenth century. They are the unostentatious but firmly established leaders of the "society" world of their city. More and more, however, the upper-uppers find themselves sharing power, privilege, and social relationships with the families who have amassed substantial wealth and power more recently.

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