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oct 6 - Week 7: Durable Inequalities& Traditional...

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Unformatted text preview: Week 7: Durable Inequalities & Traditional Axes of Difference—Race Oct. 6, 2010 Cues We Came Up With: • Skin color, hair texture/color, facial hair • Dress • Setting/context • Body language What is Race? • A socially constructed category composed of people who share biologically transmitted traits that members of a society consider important a relational construct; blackness is impossible to understand without whitness o What does this mean? Race as a social construction… It means that the concept ‘race’ results from a process of signification whereby only certain physical characteristics are attributed with meaning and are then used to organize populations into groups o How do we know that ‘race’ is socially constructed? There are no biological basis for making the distinctions that we do Revised UNESCO Statement on Race, 1995 Race is not fixed, objective, or concrete; notions change depend on social context within societies notions of race change overtime; fluid and dynamic Culturally and historically constituted ...
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