Migration and Culture

By Henry Andrews

Enduring Understanding

Humans migrate, create cultural mosaics, and balance the forces of cooperation and conflict among different social groups.

Migration and Culture

Migration is the movement of people or animals from one place to another either because they are pushed out or they are seeking something better. In our unit 2, we learned about migration and the spreading of culture.


  • Humans migrate because they see something that's better than what they have, or they're pushed out
  • Humans create cultural mosaic through migration. When different areas migrate to one place, the different cultures creates a cultural mosaic.
  • Humans balance the forces of cooperation and conflict among different social groups by giving equal power to all groups.
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Real World Connections

We continue to see cultures develop and humans migrate past the primitive ages.


  • Humans migrate when they're threatened. For example, people in Syria are migrating because it's a dangerous place to be with the civil war.
  • Humans create cultural mosaics as they leave places and go to new ones. The refugees from Syria bring their culture into all the new places they go.
  • Humans balance the forces of cooperation and conflict among different social groups through the government. The government recognizes inequalities between groups, and acts to give them equal opportunities. For example, welfare is provided to those in poverty so they can actually live a healthy life.

Power Shifts

Power is constantly shifting, between people, governments, and social groups. In social groups, power can be shifted all the time. For example, if there are two opposing groups in the PTA, an influential member moving between groups can shift the power.

Power shifts in social groups can have negative or positive effects. In the example above, the group who came out with less power might not be heard in arguments. If funding was sent to a specific project that the powerful group supported rather than spread out, the weaker group might have their kids doing something they don't agree with.

Transfer

  • Humans migrate for a variety of reasons. My mom migrated here from Japan to live with my father.
  • Humans create cultural mosaics through migration. My mom makes traditional Japanese dishes and shares them with our friends, so she is making an impact on our cultural mosaic.
  • Humans balance the forces of cooperation and conflict among different social groups through social interaction. I interact with all the social groups at PA and cooperate with them, but there is also natural conflict.
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Bullets and Ballots

I was in the Guerilla group in bullets and ballots. During the game, our group plotted to takeover the army and wealthy through the acquisition of troops.

Power shifted when Cuba sent us 60 MSU's and we recruited all the peasants.

There was both cooperation and conflict in this game. We cooperated with the American government and the peasants, but our group was in conflict with the Army and wealthy and the Guatemalan government.