This LibGuide explores the following themes: 1. causes and effects of conflict in a multi-ethnic society (case studies of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka and 2. challenges in resolving ethnic conflicts.
Multi-ethnic societies are made up of several groups of people who see themselves as different from other groups, due to a difference in terms of culture, religion, physical features, languages, beliefs, or customs. Different ethnic groups contribute to the diversity and richness of ta multi-ethnic society. However, differences among the people can also cause a society to fall apart. When differences in race and religion are given undue prominence and exploited for personal or political agendas, suspicions and distrust may spread within a community, causing a rupture in the social fabric of a multi-ethnic country like Sri Lanka. As a nation, it is important that every citizen stays alert and vigilant in helping to identify potential threats. Through strengthening the social bonds among and between the different racial and religious groups in these multi-ethnic societies, we can stand united against external influences that threaten to disrupt the racial and religious harmony in our country.
Social media in Singapore nowadays, is regarded as a category of online media in which people participate, share, network, and engage in discussions with others with similar interests online. Most social media services encourage discussion, feedback, comments, and sharing of information from all interested parties. Through social media, teens are developing a sense of who they are and where they fit into their community and the world. Today, through the Internet and other networked technologies, people have unlimited access to information and a wide array of online technologies in which they may use to access and share that information. Furthermore, the potential for instant connection around the globe is phenomenal. An instant click functions as a door that brings you to a global networked world, in which all these communication and information technologies link people and this provides a platform on which information and influence can flow.
The heroes of these Rags-to-Riches stories have one thing in common, and that, I’d say is their humble beginnings. In the earlier years of their lives, all of them had something missing, something that they are in lack of, be it their family’s financial capabilities, lack of utilities, being born into poverty, or perhaps, being an orphan. All these individuals of Rag-to-Riches stories have gone through certain struggles and obstacles in their lives, and they all possess the conviction to succeed. I think this determination is what drives each and every one of them towards success.
Common features of prejudice include negative feelings, stereotyped beliefs, and a tendency to discriminate against members of the group. When prejudice occurs, stereotyping and discrimination may also result. In many cases, prejudices are based upon stereotypes. Prejudice and stereotypes emerge as part of the normal human’s thinking. We tend to categorize everything around us, in order to makes sense of the similarities and differences between them, by sorting them out into different mental-categories. Categorization applies to the social world as well, as we sort people into mental groups based on factors such as age, sex and race. This categorization may then result in alienating, in the sense that we tend to see different groups of people as being more different than others, and perhaps, more foreign. The fear of the foreign could account for the tendency to discriminate against other groups as they may seem ‘foreign’ to us, less-relatable, and definitely, different.
As when with work, many people wait to be discovered or recognized and they find themselves in a position in which they feel others don’t see their true worth and potential. As a result, their career may not go as expected, and they tend to believe that their circumstances are someone else’s fault. This leads to a certain frustration they constantly feel, and this frustration, as quoted, “is a symptom of higher aspirations”, which causes people to realize that they need a turning point in their lives. This desire to obtain results and the dissatisfaction they feel would lead them to the realization of reaching greater possibilities through taking practical approaches in changing their mindset or given actions.
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