Week 4 - Mechanisms of GroupMaking: Categorization and...

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Mechanisms of Group- Making: Categorization and Political Action Professor Catherine Lee Soc 108 Week 4
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From Week 3 “Racial Mixing” - status of offspring 1. status same as subordinate group (one drop rule) 2. lower than either parent group (Korean ex.) 3. higher than either parent group (Haitian revolution) 4. in-between parent groups (“coloureds” in S. Africa) 5. status defined more by class than physical appearance 6. equal status to parent groups (Hawaii) 7. assimilating: mixed race individuals seen as non- problematic after the 1st generation (Asian/white mixture in U.S.)
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Mechanisms of group-making • Social closure • Categorization • Political action
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Categorization • Process by which people are recognized and differentiated and placed into different categories
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• Category - a class whose nature and composition is decided by the person who defines the category; e.g. persons earning wages in a certain range may be counted as a category for income tax purposes • Group - defined by the nature of the relations between the members
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course SOC 108 taught by Professor Stawter during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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