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Unformatted text preview: 12-16-07 Introduction To Sociology Summary Ch. 10-race refers to a category of people who are defined as similar because of a number of physical characteristics-racial characteristics are arbitrarily chosen to suit the labelers purposes-races have historically been defined according to genetic, legal, and social criteria, each with its own problems-although genetic definitions center on inherited traits such as hair and nose type, in fact, these traits have been found to vary independently of one another; all humans are far more genetically alike than they are different-an ethnic group is a group with a distinct cultural tradition with which its own members identify and that may or may not be recognized by others-many ethnic groups form subcultures, with a high degree of internal loyalty and distinctive folkways, mores, values, customs of dress, and patterns of recreation; above all, members of the group have a strong feeling of association-a minority is a group of people who, because of physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out for...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY unknown taught by Professor Tischler during the Spring '08 term at Mass Colleges.
- Spring '08