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SOCIOLOGY 183 Race and Ethnic Relations Session 2: On the Meaning of Race Dr. Seth D. Hannah
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What is Race? How should we define it? How should we think about it? How does it differ from or relate to other concepts like ethnicity? American Sociological Association : race is a social invention that changes as political, economic, and historical contexts change and usually involve valuations of physical, moral, or spiritual superiority or inferiority Howard Winant : “race can be defined as a concept that signifies and symbolizes sociopolitical conflicts and interests in reference to different types of human bodies” (“Race and Race Theory,” Annual Review of Sociology , 2000, p. 172)
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What is Race? (cn’td) Tukufu Zuberi : “race is a biological notion of physical difference grounded in ideology…[it] is a socially constructed process that produces subordinate and superordinate groups. Racial stratification is the key social process behind racial classifications…[r]ace is, above all else, a system of ideas by which men and women imagine the human body and their relationships within society” (Thicker Than Blood: How Racial Statistics Lie , 2001, pp. xvii-xviii).
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What is Race? (cn’td) Ann Morning : race involves “groupings of people believed to share common descent, based on perceived innate physical similarities” (“Race,” Contexts , 2005, p. 45).
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Desmond and Emirbayer : “We define race as a symbolic category, based on phenotype or ancestry and constructed according to specific social and historical contexts, that is misrecognized as a natural category” (“What is Racial Domination”, Du Bois Review, 2009, p. 336).
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