346 Lecture Notes, Social Constructionism, Newman, Week 2

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Click to edit Master subtitle style Soc 346 Race, Class, Gender Prof. Thing Lecture Notes Social Constructionism (Newman Course Reader)
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Identities (RCGS) Definitional categories specify who we are Social locations that determine our position relative to others Andersen and Collins: We all possess multiple, intersecting identities Salience depends on situation
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Essentialism RCGS: who we “really are.” RCGS: universal, inherent, unambiguous essences RCGS: objective realties, concrete truths, exist independently of definitions. Femaleness, Asianness, whiteness, and heterosexuality. .. historically unchanging and innate to a person. Usually, “biology” at the center of analysis
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Problems with Essentialism Explain inequality and group differences by groups’ “essential natures”
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Unformatted text preview: Inequality attributed to individual characteristics, specifically RCGS • Ignores social structures, power and RCGS hierarchies Social Construction of Reality Theory (social constructionism) • RCGS always a product of society, of culture, of history. • RCGS Categorical distinctions (e.g., White or female or homosexual) are human creations • RCGS do not exist independently from society’s ideas and responses to them. Social Constructionism and RCGS Identifiers • RCGS: individual identities and social constructs that precede individuals’ • RCGS: taken-for-granted part of social institutions and belief systems/ideologies • RCGS: categories change slowly, as do our ideas about RCGS. • Certain individuals and groups more influential in defining difference...
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2011 for the course SOC 364 taught by Professor Thing during the Spring '11 term at CSU Long Beach.

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