Week -4 Race

Week -4 Race - Racism and Sexism Understanding Multiple and...

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Racism and Sexism Understanding Multiple and Intersecting Oppressions
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I Race and Racism: Definitions 1 . Race arbitrary and socially constructed classification of humans based on skin colour & physical characteristics Immutable (unchangeable & inherited) behavioural traits
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• “other”; inferiority • 18th century: European imperialism • Civilization • Racial hierarchy
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2. Ethnicity • Common heritage, culture • Once understood in terms of race
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3. Racism i) individual racism Belief in racial superiority of one group over another; hostility Eg: stereotyping
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ii) institutional or systemic racism • System of power relations • Normalizes differential treatment; confers advantage and disadvantage based on group characteristics • built into social policies, institutions, everyday life • Sustains unequal access to resources
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Interlocking Oppressions • How racism and sexism interact to create inequality 1. Intersecting oppressions
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course WS 101 taught by Professor Kate during the Spring '09 term at Simon Fraser.

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