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SOCI 1 Week 5

SOCI 1 Week 5 - Americans of Japanese descent during World...

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Michael Yeh Week 5 Arguments In A Constructionist Approach, Cornell and Hartmann claim that ethnic and racial identities are dependent on the interaction between group members and forces that impinge on them. In Portrait of Change , Kantor describes the varied origins of President Obama’s family as an articulation of the changing face that represents the United States. In Unconscious Bias , Corrice elucidates the effects of the unconscious drawing from social stereotypes of individuals of authority. In Race as Class , Gans argues that Race is born of society and culture, perpetuating it as a method of class stratification. In The Racial Triangulation of Asian Americans , Kim elucidates Asian American’s standing in American society and the forces that have resulted in it. In Are Asian Americans Becoming White?, Zhou describes the fleetness of heritage in American born Asians and its replacement culture. In Japanese/Japanese American Interment , Lange documents the interment of Japanese and
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Unformatted text preview: Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. Concepts 1. Triangulation – A subcategory of class stratification, it is most simply put as not bad, not good, but something else. 2. Race – Biologically speaking, ineffectual; socially speaking, man made; to the laity, a cultural construct by which many are unconsciously bound. 3. White – A category of American people of European descent; light skinned. Comparisons Unconscious Bias and Race as Class are certainly complimentary. Unconscious drawing on social stereotypes ultimately perpetuates and facilitates the notion that Race exists as a category of class. Applications The pseudo-accolade “Honorary White” otherwise used more pejoratively as “whitewashed” is commonly ascribed to those who are apparently too savvy to American culture. It is, however, an imbecilic concept as one’s ethnicity as the term “white” alludes to cannot be helped by one’s actions....
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