Day 18 - Introduction to Sociology Day 18 Race: is the...

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Introduction to Sociology – Day 18 Race: is the primarily as socially constructed category based on physical criteria Ethnic Group: is a social category of people who share a common culture Optional Ethnicity: for Americans of European descent, ethnicity is an option, something which they can choose to highlight at certain times. For non-White Americans, ethnicity is not an option Myth: Racial differences are fixed, biological categories Sociological perspective: Race is a social concept, one in which certain physical or cultural characteristics take on social meanings that become the basis for racism and miscommunication Ethnic Minority: Characteristics 1. Possesses characteristics regarded as different from the dominant group (race, ethnicity, sexual preference, age, religion) 2. Suffers prejudice and discrimination by the dominant group 3. Membership is ascribed rather than achieved 4. Members feel a sense of group solidarity Myth: Minority groups are those with the least numerical representation in society Sociological perspective: A minority group is any group, regardless of size, that is singled out in society for unfair treatment and that generally occupies lower status in the society Stereotypes Reinforce prejudices and cause them to persist in society Racial and gender stereotypes receive ongoing support in the media
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Day 18 - Introduction to Sociology Day 18 Race: is the...

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