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IntroSoc-ch. 10 summary - Introduction To Sociology Summary...

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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 labeler’s 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
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