lecture 10-23 - factor with the possible exception of...

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Automobile ownership as an indicator of wealth: o In 2000, only the wealthiest 8% of world’s population lived in families with two or more cars o Most people in the US are extremely wealthy by world standards 40% of upper-class Americans describe themselves as very happy compared to 33% of average-middle class and 27% of lower-middle class Americans 64% of upper-class Americans think people in general can be trusted, compared to 45% of average-middle class Americans and 27% of lower-middle class Americans Middle- and upper-class people are more likely to vote Relative poverty: deprivation of some people in relation to others who have more Absolute poverty: deprivation of resources that is life threatening Poverty threshold: 2001: $17,960/year for a family of two adults and two children living in an urban area Feminization of poverty: 2/3 of poor adults are women Racial and ethnic divisions have the potential to disrupt society more than any other
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Unformatted text preview: factor with the possible exception of social stratification (difference in wealth) Race: set of biologically transmitted traits deemed socially significant Ethnicity: shared cultural heritage Minority: a category of people, distinguished by physical or cultural traits, who are socially disadvantaged Prejudice: irrational generalizations about a category of people stemming from strong emotions Prejudiced reactions stem from fear. Anger and hatred are often secondary reactions to fear Prejudice is universal Racism: racism=prejudice*power Martin Luther King Jr. : To change peoples feelings and beliefs, first change social institutions under which the live. Behavior is easier to change than feelings. Discrimination: behavior biased for or against a category of people Brown Vs Board of Education of Topeka, 1954: Supreme court decision ending school segregation...
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