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Unformatted text preview: assigning races. Race is used in myriads of places as a way to categorize people. From tax forms, to school and job applications, to everyday encounters, we use race to separate people into a small number of very specific groups. Even though race is a rather unfeasible classification, it is still used in order to decide “whether strangers are to be treated as superiors, inferiors, or equals” (Gans, 262). We associate certain stereotypes with different races, and thus are able to make assumptions about people upon meeting them (whether the assumptions are true or not). For example, upon seeing a Hispanic or African American, a white person may immediately, and subconsciously, assume that the person comes from a lower social position and may associate them more with crime. While it is possible that some of these stereotypes may have some truth for groups as a whole, they may have little to no bearing for the individual....
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2010 for the course DSOC 1101 taught by Professor Hirshel during the Spring '07 term at Cornell.
- Spring '07