By Leo Driedger
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Thus, conflict between various ethnic or age groups could be postulated; a struggle between elderly people and the rest of society for social status, for power and prestige. Most ethnic groups do not conduct such extensive power struggles, although the FLQ movement in Quebec might be a good example of one that did. Similar struggles take place in Northern Ireland between the Protestants and Catholics, in the Near East between Israel and many Arabs, and recently between blacks and whites in South Africa.
He tended to emphasize the overwhelming influence of technology and urbanization as the master trend that sweeps away all forms of ethnic differentiation before it. Vallee says: There is no doubt that Porter would have rejoiced had ethnic differentiation disappeared altogether. If a choice had to be made between the ideology of the melting pot and the mosaic, he made it clear he would choose the melting pot. What bothered Porter more than anything was that these group or collective rights were ascriptive, that is determined by the categories into which one was born.
Those using exchange theory tend to view the balance of power in favour of the younger person. However, as Cool (1981) argues, one could view an older ethnic person as possessing resources valued by the younger person and in favour of the older person. The older ethnic person has both expressive knowledge (family anecdotes and kinship information that provide a sense of history and belonging) and instrumental knowledge (of old ways of life in the homeland) of interest to younger members of the group as evidence of their cultural distinctiveness.
Aging and Ethnicity. Toward an Interface by Leo Driedger