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1 “Race: The Floating Signifier” Lecture by Stuart Hal preeminent social scientist studying race today Biological Determinists claim: 1. not only are there biological differences in ability among individuals, 2. but that these individual differences explain racial differences in social power and success. • Differences in status, wealth, and power between the races – have NOTHING to do with genes
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Claims to the contrary: “Race: The Floating Signifier” Lecture by Stuart Hal Three Key Scholars: W.E.B. Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk (1903) =Founded the NAACP Franz Fanon, Black Skins, White Masks (1952) Anthony Appiah, Race, Writing, and Dif erence (1986) “Race: The Floating Signifier” Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) A Course in General Linguistics (1907-1911) » Language is what makes our reality. » Words do not name things in the world; they name concepts/ideas. » What most defines the word is:
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This note was uploaded on 08/21/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2 taught by Professor Sawyer during the Spring '10 term at UC Davis.

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