Lecture Notes (3-3-09)

Lecture Notes (3-3-09) - SOCI 200 Intro to Sociology Race...

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SOCI 200: Intro to Sociology 3-3-09 Race and Ethnicity Race as a social category Race is a social concept—geneticists now say Differences we see—are due to acclimating to geographic differences around the globe (exposure to sunlight—or lack of it, for example) Eyes, skin color, width of nose—controlled by a small number of genes—thus, have evolved quickly Differences are not significance on a genetic level between “races” Ethnicity Social groups with a shared history, sense of identity, geography and cultural roots which may occur despite racial difference. Race linked to class position Before 1930: Divisions initially between immigrants and “White founders” Immigrants—were characterized based on a “visual economy”—skin color, head size and shape, and other physical characteristics. These stereotypes translated to class structure—became assessments that had economic consequences “Eugenics”
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