Lecture 5 - Anthropology Lecture 5 Race and Ethnicity...

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Anthropology Lecture 5 22/01/2008 10:12:00 Race and Ethnicity Ethnic Group     - members share certain beliefs, values, habits, norms, based on a  common background. Ethnicity     - identification with, and feeling part of, an ethnic group, in distinction  to other groups. Became associated with the distribution of wealth by race. Some of these  choices were made on the government level; ie. Mortgage rates. Science has been used to justify racism, by showing that some races are inferior  to others, based on supposed brain size and mental ability, as well as other bogus  features. Ethnic groups and identities developed out of the mining industry in Africa, with  people working in different levels being a part of different ethnic groups. They  determined these separations on their own. Status-      Any position that determines where someone fits in society. (not a  high/low distinction) Ascribed- A social status (race, gender) that people have little or no choice  about occupying. Usually people are given this status when they are born.
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