103+Lecture+22 - Geographies of Race & Ethnicity II...

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Geographies of Geography 103 28 November, 2011
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Whiteness in the British Empire The poor in 19th C Britain: NOT considered “white” Whiteness emigration & colonial contact
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Whiteness in the USA From the very beginning, USA founded on racial difference Erasure of indigenous presence Immigration: Irish, Southern Europeans, Jews not initially considered white Adopting racist attitudes towards African Americans assimilation
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Ethnicity Ethnicity : recent (1940s) VERY HARD TO DEFINE Ancient Greece: ethnos : a people Refers to the characteristics of groups that are perceived as distinct: culture how individuals understand participation in, identity in relation to, those groups Similarity to nationalism but w/o link to sovereignty & territoriality
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What defines ethnicity? Traditionally: minority status within national boundaries Everyone else is “normal” More recently: perception of common identity
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