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2007%20race%20and%20ethnicity - Race & Ethnicity Race...

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1 • A person's skin colour, religion or last name has no real consequence on one’s social behavior. • Physical characteristics have no consequence upon social behavior, until they become socially defined • One’s background can be a signal for some to put one in an arbitrary social category • Ethnicity and race are called arbitrary social categories • NO scientifically sound theories to indicate that behaviour or personality characteristics can be attributed to one’s “race.” • NO scientific merit in interpreting behaviour based on physical traits Race & Ethnicity
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2 A category composed of people who share biologically transmitted traits that members of a society deem socially important. Race • A shared cultural heritage • Canada is a multi-ethnic society with two official languages and people from scores of ethnic groups. Ethnicity Social Significance “If one is the norm, one does not have to know what one is. If one is marginal, one does not have the privilege of not noticing what one is. Marilyn Frye “The Politics of Reality” • Ethnically stratified with certain ethnic groups dominating other ethnic groups “Vertical Mosaic”
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3 • The ability to exercise control over the productive resources of a country including the production
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 1020E taught by Professor Luton during the Spring '11 term at UWO.

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