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Wilson “The declining significance of race” Race and racial confli ct: obscures intersection or race and class Class: people who have similar goods, service, or skills to offer for income; class position determines life chances Today we cannot speak of a common experience and life chances for all African Americans Three Historical Periods “Preindustrial” Plantation economy and racial – caste oppression ( ca 1700s-1865) “Industrial” industrial expansion class conflict and racial oppression (ca 1875-1940) “modern industrial” from racial to class inequalities ( ca 1960-today) Three main social actors Business or employers (whites) Higher paid labor (whites)
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Unformatted text preview: • Heap labor (blacks) Exclusion of Cheap Labor • Monopolizing skilled positions • Preventing cheaper labor to acquire skills • Denying access and right to organize Modern Industrial Period: Race and Class • Civil right movement and industrial change¨ social differentiation within African Americans • Unintended consequence: creation of class divisions with African Americans • Today: combination of “race” and class to understand inequalities in the United States Ethnicity, Gender, and Class • “interlocking” no individual is all oppressing • Structures of domination • Martinez: no “oppression Olympics” a.k.a no more black and white....
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