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Race and Ethnicity 1. The Concept of Race a. “A race is a group within the human species that is identified by a society as presumably having certain biologically inherited physical characteristics.” Race is a socially constructed concept. We really shouldn’t use the concept of race. The concept of race has very little need to a sociologist. 2. Origins of the Concept of Race a. 18 th and 19 th century “scientists” divided humans into 4 major groupings: Mongoloid, Caucasoid, Negroid, Australoid b. 30 sub- categories c. Reality is that few fit into these classifications because there are few, if any, pure types. i. Race had little meaning 3. U.N. in 1970s concerned about racial conflicts and discrimination in the world issued a “Statement on Race,” and concluded that: a. All people are born free and equal both in dignity and rights b. Racism stultifies personal development c. Conflicts based on race cost nations untold money and resources d. Racism ferments international conflict. “Problems arising from race relations are social, not biological, in origin; differential treatments of groups based on “race”
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