Streeter lecture notes wk 10

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Enduring “minority” status Abridged Lecture Notes
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Enduring Minority Status Meaning of the term The reason a group is considered a “minority” may change over time
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Race as enduring minority status William Julius Wilson: Declining Signifcance oF Race LiFe chances oF blacks - more about class than race Race is not important in the same way it was So why do we see a “black underclass”? Wilson argues it’s social class that creates this divide More recent barriers in society discriminate on class moreso race. Evidence to support - More diFFerence within a race (by class), than between races
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How has importance of race changed 3 stages of American Race Relations Plantation economy , racial oppression (antebellum slavery and early post-bellum era) Industrial expansion , class conFict, and racial oppression (last quarter of 19th c through New Deal era) Progressive transition from race inequalities to class inequalities (post WWII, crystallizing in 60’s and 70s - wilson wrote in late 70s)
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Plantation Economy Basis for slavery Need for labor (economic needs) AND desire to maintain class status/power Racial slavery arises out of these dual needs Provides labor, and creates divide between lower class whites and
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