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Week 2 lecture - What are race and ethnicity S o c io lo g...

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What are race and ethnicity? Sociology 108 Professor Catherine Lee Week 2 Abridged Lecture Notes *Please note: these are NOT a substitute for lecture notes. I provide a rough guide for the week and the longer definitions for which you may need extra time to write during class.
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Week 2 • What is race? ethnicity? - relationship to “minority”? • Folk or everyday conceptions of race • How do we study race or ethnicity? - Social construction of race • What is social construction? • Is race different from ethnicity? • Categories vs. groups
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Social Construction • An idea which may appear to be natural and obvious to those who accept it, but in reality is an invention of a particular culture or society. Social constructs are human choices rather than laws resulting from divine will or nature.
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• In the present state of affairs, X is taken for granted; X appears to be inevitable. • X need
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