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What is “race”?
A discourse, an ideology that holds that the presumed biological essence
constitutes the core of one’s identity
Omni & Winant:
Race is a concept that signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and
interests by referring to different types of human bodies
Invokes biologically based human characteristics (so-called “phenotypes”)
In contrast to the other major distinction of this type, that of gender
There is no biological basis for distinguishing among human groups along
the lines of race
Material in lecture from Smedley, Omni & Winant, and Peter Wade, 2002
Race, Nature and Culture: An
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