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Lecture 10: Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity Part 1 Race and Ethnicity Race: "A social distinction based on perceived physical or biological characteristics" (C-B, p. 395) The idea that groups are fundamentally different based on their biology and that these biological differences are manifested in a visible way. Hierarchy of power. Ethnicity: "The shared language, religion, customs, and history of a particular group" (C-B, P. 391) More fluid, voluntary, doesn't have the same level of consequences on daily life. Whites perceive their own socially ascribed differences as fluid which makes it hard to understand why others don't feel the same way. Social construction (Berger & Luckmann 1966) We categorize information and then we forget that we've done so. Time is socially constructed Thomas principle - If people define the situation as real, the situation is real in its consequences. Research Challenges US-centric discourse Ethnic/racial statistics (academic & political)
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