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9/2/2010 Defining Race and Ethnicity Both Socially Constructed Concepts Something we create over time, give meaning to, changes over time Historical variation within nations 1. Changes in US Consensus 2. Folk Taxonomies vs. Official Categories Cross-cultural variations between nations 1. Different categories based on appearances 2. Different peopling of categories W.I. Thomas “to the extent that men believe something is real, it becomes real in its consequences.” Social Constructs help us indentify ourselves while also become social ways of life, also representational tools allowing us to conceive deeper meanings. Defining Race “Takes on a life of its own because people evoke it. Gets to be very complex” Professor Traits/Characteristics Ex: “skin color” “A human population that is socially defined on the basis of real or perceived shared phonotypical differences . “ “A way of identifying and articulating those differences.” “A hierarchy of power based on said differences rooted in the distribution of resources”
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course SOCI 317 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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