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oct 8 - Week 7: Durable Inequalities& Traditional...

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Unformatted text preview: Week 7: Durable Inequalities & Traditional Axes of Difference—Race Oct. 8, 2010 Race is not fixed, objective, or concrete • Harriss and Sim (2001) research on multi ­racials, “who is Multiracial: Assessing the complexity of lived Race” o Multi ­racials’ notions of themselves shifted with changes in their social context school, home, with parent/caregiver o Less fluidity for Blacks and Asians in identifying themselves as multi ­ racial perhaps because of political connection; or a sense of loyalty to their community So What’s the Point? Why Do Away with the Term ‘Race’? • ‘Race’ structures our lives. It affects how we make sense of the world, and thus affects how we inhabit the world, in the end reproducing racial hierarchies How Does ‘Race’ Structure Our Lives? • Through racialization, a process of categorization or representation, where real or imagined biological characteristics are imbued with meanings that define presumed naturally occurring populations Determined • Physical Characteristics intelligence! White Black • Head size: big • Head size: small • Small genitals • Bigger genitals Determined hyper ­sexuality! • The racialization is a dialectical one in defining discreet populations—in defining the other—you necessarily define “self” in opposition • The process of racialization also necessarily affects social relations between these so ­called discreet, naturally occurring populations, affecting the structures and institutions in which they participate • Thus, the process of racialization becomes the basis or exclusion, a dialectical process in its own right ...
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