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Unformatted text preview: 1-31-2008Today•Defining and measuring race/ethnicity•Explaining family structure and changeoAfrican AmericansEconomic factorsCultural factors•Shrinking White MajorityoSmaller groups getting larger: Hispanic, American Indian, Asian, BlackRace•Common phenotypical traits?oAttempts to classify races biologically failoGreater difference within than between•After lines are drawn socially, traits are identified and labeledoe.g. African slaves becoming ‘black’•Changing definitions over timeoNational origin as raceoe.g. Italian, Jewish, English races (1900)oAsian nations as races? (2000)•Changing definition of blackoOne-drop rule (original legal definition)oMulattos, quadroon, octoroons, etc. (1800s)oBlack nationalism or ethnicity (African American)Ethnicity•Cultural communityoe.g. nationality, language, or religionAnglo, Mexican/Chicano, African-AmericanIsrael: European Jew, Arab Jew, PalestinianoVarying degrees of identification‘Voluntary’ ethnic statuso...
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