Ch. 17 - Race and Ethnicity

Ch. 17 - Race and Ethnicity - ANTH101 Week12...

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ANTH101  Week 12 Race and Ethnicity  November 17, 2009 I. Race: Cultural Construction or Biological Reality? a. Is there a biological basis for race? No i. No distinct boundaries between races ii. Idea of race changes over time iii. Genetic variation is not expressed phenotypically 1. Genetic make up is not expressed physically iv. No specific genetic groups the align with how we compare race b. Is race a cultural construction? i. Has meaning as a cultural construct rather than a biological  meaning ii. Hypodescent – the tendency to ascribe a person the racial category  of his or her minority parent  iii. Brazil categorizes people by appearance, one set of parents could  have a slew of different “races”  iv. People tended to explain differences on biological differences c. Racism – discrimination by one segment of the population against another  segment based on a perceived racial notion, one racial group is higher 
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