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Lecture 5: Race and Ethnicity (Chapter 7) - Systems of Class stratification o Ethnic/Race and Gender Component often more deterministic of class position (also creates conflict) Race – a biological category to identify people based on certain genetic markers and physical characteristics These racial categories are endowed with social meaning Sociologists do not believe that racial categories are natural and therefore the assumed differences between the races are socially constructed o Race as a Social Construction No inherent meaning in the categories we use Sociologists are interested in how people define race, how and what meaning do we apply to the racial categories, and what are the consequences of our definitions Attached to racial meanings ultimately leading to the belief that there are distinct boundaries/distinct inequalities that exist between racial categories “Racial Transparency” Stereotypes: oversimplified often rigid conceptions of a racial
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