June 11 2010. - categories of race Omi& Winant Ethnicity...

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Revisiting Immigration
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Construction of Racial and Ethnic Identity
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Race Essence? or Illusion?
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Definition: Race : a concept which signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by referring to different types of human bodies. - Omi & Winant
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The concept of race invokes biologically based human characteristics Selection of these particular characteristics is always and necessarily a social and historical process. Example: The One-Drop Rule
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Definition: Racial Formation : The sociohistorical process by which racial categories are created, inhabited, transformed, and destroyed. - Omi & Winant
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Definition: Racism : Actions or words that create or reproduce structures of domination based on essentialist
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Unformatted text preview: categories of race. - Omi & Winant Ethnicity Definition Ethnicity : Identity with or membership in a particular racial, national, or cultural group and observance of that group's customs, beliefs, and language. Ethnicity “Later-generation white ethnics may have merely a ‘symbolic identification’ with their ancestry… [which is] more or less a leisure-time activity.” -Herbert Gans (in Waters) Race Biological Not scientifically based Socially and historically constructed Often assigned rather than claimed Cultural Self-constructed Can be “taken on and off” and used when beneficial Often claimed rather than assigned Ethnicity...
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This note was uploaded on 06/30/2010 for the course CY PLAN 118AC taught by Professor Lisafeldstein during the Summer '10 term at Berkeley.

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