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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Categories vs. Groups 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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Categories vs. Groups Categories: externally defined Groups: internally defined
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2 Dimensions of Social Identity 1. Nominal - name 2. Virtual - experience, meaning
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