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Lectures 1-3 Some important notes arising from class discussions 1. Elaboration on modernization and resurgent ethnicity. The basic premise of that particular topic is that social scientists/scholars have long been assuming that modernization (that is, the rise of industrialization and capitalism) would eventually lead to decreased significance of race. They thought that with the breakdown of small particularistic communities (clan-based or kinship-based societies) at the dawn of modernization, people will begin to identify more with the institutions of the state. Thus, the idea of primitive v. modern societies, mechanistic solidarity v. organic solidarity (Durkheim), stages of development (Rostow), etc. However, as we have seen in the discussion, this has not been correct in most parts because of the resurgence of ethnic communities even in the most developed and modernized countries. Yes, this contradicts what had always been the basic premise of understanding of society among major social science thinkers. 2. North Korea – Is it a homogenous society? According to the World Fact Book of the CIA: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/ North Korea is considered “racially homogeneous; there are a small Chinese
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2011 for the course SYD 3700 taught by Professor Fernandez during the Spring '09 term at University of Florida.

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