11 Race and Ethnicity

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#11 Race and Ethnicity #11 Race and Ethnicity Definition : Race, a group with inherited physical characteristics that distinguish it from another group, is both a myth and a reality. 1. It is a reality in the sense that humans come in different colours and shapes. 2. It is a myth because there are no pure races; what we call “races” are social classifications, not biological categories. In addition, it is a myth that any one race is superior to another. 3. The myth makes a difference for social life because people believe these ideas are real and they act on their beliefs. In a sense, race is in the eye of the beholder. Humans show such a mixture of characteristics that there is no inevitable, much less universal way to classify our many biological differences. Therefore, race is a complex and often misunderstood concept. Sociologists, however, stress that what we call races are social classifications, not biological categories. Modern geneticists conclude that there is only ONE racial (genotype) category of humans: homo sapiens .
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