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February 15 - RACE ETHNICITY Race as a social construction...

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February 17, 2011 RACE & ETHNICITY - Race as a social construction - Theorizing racial inequalities - Types of racial inequalities in the US Review: Objective vs. Subjective Social Problems - OBJECTIVE o When a particular social condition exists as fact o Ex: Income inequality in the US is at its highest point in history; social mobility has declined since the 1970s - SUBJECTIVE o While a social condition may exist, diff people may or may not view it as a problem o Addresses if, and how, a social condition becomes defined as a “problem” o Ex: Most people are willing to accept some degree of income inequality, but disagree about what level of income inequality is acceptable Defining Race - How do we categorize different groups in the US? o Religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status/class o In many cases, exists in stratified order - How do we distinguish racial groups? o
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