Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity - Sociology 130 January 31, 2008 Race...

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Sociology 130 January 31, 2008 Race and Ethnicity -Shrinking white majority/growing diversity- Race: -Common phenotypical traits? Attempts to classify races biologically fail Greater differences within the races than distinctions between them -After lines drawn socially, traits become identified and labeled E.g. African slaves becoming “black” Subsequent meaning can be added on to the term later -Changing definitions over time National origin is the race (cannot officially change) E.g. Italian, Jewish, English races (1900) o Race and national origin were essentially the same to these immigrants o Categories shifted so that they all became “white” Asian nations as different races? (2000) o Based on national origin (e.g. Korean, Chinese, etc.) -Changing definition of “black” Original, legal definition: “one-drop rule” o Anyone with some African ancestry is black, i.e. not free in this time Mulattos, Quadroons, Octoroons, etc. (1800s) o Based on the composition of people’s parentage
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course SOCI 130 taught by Professor Cohen during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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