Lecture+3.Where+Does+Race+and+Racism+Come+From

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American Race Relations Lecture 3 Where does race and racial conflict come from?
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Primordial Perspective humans naturally like to classify human naturally prefer kin over strangers this can lead to racial and ethnic conflict
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Primordial Perspective: Critiques Definition of outgroup and ingroup changes Catholics, Irish, southern and eastern Europeans, Jews once stigmatized; no longer Biological racism now frowned upon
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Contact and Assimilation Perspectives Contact Hypothesis: more people know about each other, more likely to trust each other Assimilation Hypothesis: more assimilated a group is, less likely to be stigmatized
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Kinds of Assimilation cultural: speaking the same language structural: being in same friendship and social networks marital: intermarriage workplace: having coworkers of different race civic: in the same political and community groups
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Problems with Assimilation Perspective some groups seem to fit the pattern Irish; southern and eastern Europeans; 2 nd and 3 rd generations become more assimilated other groups with multiple generations in the US seem not to fit the pattern African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, maybe Asian Americans depoliticized model: doesn’t consider if there are systematic barriers to assimilation because of people protecting their interests
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Barbara Fields race is not biologically real racism is not biologically ingrained (contra primordialist perspective) therefore, race cannot explain anything; it is the thing that needs to be explained race is ideology; it is a rationalization for other interests and the relations of force in a society race does not have, nor eventually develop, a “life of its own”
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Economic Interests: Free Market Perspective
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2012 for the course RACE REL 790:333 taught by Professor Williegin during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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