9.9Lecture - Race o o o is a category that is socially...

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Race is a category that is socially constructive o Very fluid, changes a lot over time o Based on a very political and social context o Science is contingent on cultural categories / context Historical, political, intellectual context of the day o There are human differences but they are different from the ones  that were stated by the previously stated speakers Degobineau o There is a racial essence seeded in the blood o There is a racial hierarchy of interior and superior races Link of race and culture o Race through history Racial intermixing has explained the rise and fall of  civilizations through history o Racial mixing endangers the higher quality races by lowering the  overall average quality o Still no negative mention of Jews o Not a German Richard Wagner o 19 th  century German composer o Fascinated with Degobineau’s ideas and circulated them widely  throughout Germany o Introduces the Jew into the discussion Calls them the “culture destroyer” o Introduces the polarization between Aryan and Jew They are now the opposite as opposed to being considered in  the same group Houston Stewart Chamberlain o Not a German, he was an Englishman o Brings together many of the previous thinkers to create a new  theory of race that is very strongly what Hitler bases his actions on o Once you have a racial hierarchy, you don’t only have higher and  lower races, but you have a clash of races too “Struggle for survival” Fight of “all against all” Only one winner, only one race can survive o
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2008 for the course JS 211g taught by Professor Gillerman during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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9.9Lecture - Race o o o is a category that is socially...

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