lecture06.0118 - Ethnicity Another BIG word for us. What we...

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1 Ethnicity Another BIG word for us.  What we  need to do: 1. Come up with an idea of what it is, how people talk about it. 1. Talk about some of the bad uses. 1. Talk about what might be positive  about it.
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2 A Human Universal: Forming Categories, Creating  Membership 1. perspectives --> inside --> outside 2. positive & negative uses --> stereotypes : o ppre s s ive --> identity : s ha re d s to rie s , a uthe ntic ity
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3 Fill in the Blank “In _______ A.D. ________ described __________ as a source of ‘eunuchs, slave girls and boys, brocade, beaver skins, glue, sable, and swords,’ and not much more. A century later another ______ geographer. ... wrote that _________ were dull in mind and heavy in speech, and the ‘farther they are to the ________ the more stupid, gross, and brutish they are.’”
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4 The blanks filled in… “In the mid-ninth century A.D. Ibn Khurraddhbeh described Western Europe as a source of ‘eunuchs, slave girls and boys, brocade, beaver skins, glue, sable, and swords,’ and not much more. A century later another Muslim geographer, the great Masudi, wrote that Europeans were dull in mind and heavy in speech, and the ‘farther they are to the north the more stupid, gross, and brutish they are.’”
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5 From “Dear Abby” in 1986 Dear Abby, I, too, am 100 percent American and because I am of Asian ancestry, I  am often asked, “What are you?”  It’s not the personal nature of  this question that bothers me, it’s the question itself.  This query  seems to question my very humanity.  “What am I?”  Why I am a  person like everyone else! A REAL AMERICAN
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What does it mean to be in an ethnic category?  Who  decides? Senator Barack Obama (Illinois) and 
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