Chapter 11,12.docx - Chapter 11 Race and Ethnicity#1 What is the difference between race and ethnicity \u2022 Race classification system based on perceived

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Chapter 11: Race and Ethnicity #1 What is the difference between race and ethnicity? Race: classification system based on perceived physical characteristics Ethnicity: classification system based on perceived cultural similarities Pan-ethnic labels Race gives the perception of a hierarchy Race is imposed, ethnicity is chosen #2 Is race real? Race is a social construct – invented but real; our ideas about race change by place, over time, and by social events (immigration) Assimilation: a process by which groups adopt the dominant culture of their new society Race also depends on opportunity (eg, slavery, land-grabbing) What is racism? Racism: the belief that one’s racial group is superior to others; includes stereotypes and prejudice Stereotype: generalization about a group; we tend to remember and search out information that confirms stereotypes, while ignoring that which doesn’t; positive and negative types Prejudice: negative beliefs or attitudes about particular groups
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