October 1 RQ

October 1 RQ - Name: Noel Mejia Soci 130 FA 2008 October 1...

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Name: Noel Mejia Soci 130 FA 2008 October 1 Reading Questions Chapter 5 (pp. 143-163): 1. a. Explain the difference between race and ethnicity. Race is concerned with the physical characteristics of a group of people and therefore, they are categorized by these physical features…ethnicity is concerned with the shared culture and common ancestry in a group of people b. What does Cherlin mean when he says ‘racial ethnic groups are social creations?’ What is some evidence for this? Because of the different blends and mixes of people create a confusion which makes it difficult to find a clear distinction between people, these are created through social norms, inequalities and political power…some evidence for this is the creation of the term Hispanic or Latino; in the past, these different people weren’t labeled into one category, they were distinguished by where they came from 2. Do you agree that Whiteness should count as an ethnicity? Why or why not? I don’t like the label of white because it insinuates a level of racism…like the book suggested I
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