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Lecture 10 - Soc 1: Intro to Sociology Mindy Romero Fall...

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Soc 1: Intro to Sociology Mindy Romero Fall ‘06 Race and Ethnicity: Social Definitions Week Six Race Versus Ethnicity What is the difference? Race Versus Ethnicity Race:  A category of people identified on the basis of physical characteristics that  distinguish a group from others. Ethnicity:  A collection of people distinguished by other groups or by themselves,  primarily on the basis of nationality or distinctive cultural characteristics.    Race: The Biological Perspective Sees race as referring to a genetically isolated group with distinctive genetic traits. But… There is no ‘pure’ race. There are no physical traits (i.e. skin color) that can be used to  describe one group to the  exclusion  of all others.  We cannot accurately categorize individuals in the U.S. as black or white.      The Social Construction of Race The process by which people come to define a group as race based, in part on physical  characteristics, but also on historical, cultural, and economic factors.   Race versus Ethnicity  Cornell and Hartmann (1998) Race Identity based on:                                                  
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perceived physical differences  typically originates in assignment by others typically reflects power relations  implies inherent differences in worth is constructed by others Ethnicity identity based on: claims of shared history and common descent  may come from self or others  may or may not reflect power relations may or may not imply inherent differences in worth usually constructed by selves and others
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