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Week 8 lecture - American (unhyphenated whites) 2. Choice...

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Ethnic Options and Multi- Racial Identity Sociology 108 Professor Catherine Lee Week 8
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Ethnicity (Cornell & Hartmann) • (From Schermerhorn 1978, cited p. 19) A collectivity within a larger society have real or putative common ancestry, memories of a shared historical past, and a cultural focus on one or more symbolic elements defined as the epitome of their peoplehood
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Ethnic group (Cornell & Hartmann cont’d) • Makes 3 kinds of claims: kinship, common history, symbols • Claims can be real or putative • Actual distinctiveness irrelevant • Part of larger society • Self-consciously ethnic
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Two major types of options for white Americans 1. Option to claim any specific ancestry or to just be “white” or
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Unformatted text preview: American (unhyphenated whites) 2. Choice of European ancestries to choose in ID description Ethnic options Why cling to ethnicity? symbolic ethnicities (Herbert Gans) Individualistic No cost to individual Leisure time activities, rooted in family traditions, enjoyable aspects of being ethnic Give sense of uniqueness, special, community Cost to society? Multi-racial counting Census 2000 - multiracial category or multiple race categories Political concerns? Civil rights enforcement - hypodescent rule? Ethnic options for multiracial Americans Symbolic Situational Flexibility of group boundaries? Policy relevance...
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