Sociological Theories of Race • Intergroup Contact Theory: the use of prejudice due to stereotyping should be reduced between interracial groups as long as group members meet the following characteristics o Equal status Both bosses, not boss and employee, no chance of competition o Common goals o Intergroup cooperation o Institutional support Schools, laws, norms, has to be something outside of them helping them creating appropriate environment o Critique: idea that Asians are good at math, not good at math and asian is not going to change stereotypes, just seen as exception. If you find evidence of the contrary, it doesn’t weaken the rule, just gives exception. • Assimilation: a process by which members of subordinate racial and ethnic groups become absorbed into the dominant culture o Lifestyles being merged with dominate culture, all other cultures absorbed
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