ETH125- Defining Race and Ethnicity

ETH125- Defining Race and Ethnicity - religion gender...

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When I think of the term race I think of the classification of people such as culture and where they are from, one's language, tribe, family, and nation belonging of the same characteristics. Ethnicity I would have to say goes hand and hand with race. Importances to our society in the United States are the ways in which we personally acquire our own group identities. The way we assign group identity to others is not always straight forward. Race and ethnic group labels in America are not clearly based on criteria that everyone understands or agrees with. Resulting in someone else labeling you in a way that you consider inaccurate and very offensive. This can instantly create a barrier to open communication even if the slight was unintended. Human diversity of the United States or any other country, it is important to understand the criteria commonly used for making group distinctions. These generally are based on cultural and/or biological factors. Americans tend to see each other in terms of age, economic class,
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Unformatted text preview: religion, gender, ethnicity, and race. We are usually a member of a particular group for each of these criteria. Which of our group identities is most important varies with the social situation. In America today I feel, gender, ethnicity, and race often have the most far ranging impacts on us as individuals. Ethnicity refers to selected cultural and sometimes physical characteristics used to classify people into groups or categories considered to be significantly different from others. American ethnic groups include American Indians, Latinos, Chinese, African Americans, European Americans, etc. In some cases, ethnicity involves merely a loose group identity with little or no cultural traditions in common. Some ethnic groups are coherent subcultures with a shared language and body of tradition. For example I come from the ethnic origin of Italy. Since I was born in America I am 'Italian- American'....
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