Soc183week3_Hannah US Ethno Racial Divisions

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Sociology 183 Session 3: The U.S. Pattern of Ethno-Racial Divisions Monday, September 19, 11
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Agenda Sectioning Response Papers Introductory Remarks Discussion of Readings Monday, September 19, 11
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Required Readings Alba Fredrickson Lewis Nash Monday, September 19, 11
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Overarching Questions Is the long course of American history a story of ever expanding membership in American club? Or is it a story of ever expanding membership for everyone except for those categorized as black? If, as Ian Hacking argued, classiFcation and judgment are seldom separable, is it possible to have ethnic pluralism with each group on equal footing? Will their always be a tendency to impose hierarchies between groups? Is it possible for Minority groups in society to fully participate in American society without adopting “mainstream” cultural characteristics? Is Ethnic Pluralism, as ±redrickson suggests, really the preferred solution to the racial dilemma, or is a more fundamental mixture between groups, as Nash argues, necessary for true equality? Monday, September 19, 11
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Richard Alba : Assimilation’s Quiet Tide According to Alba, assimilatioin should not be viewed as imposed upon resistant individuals seeking to protect their cultural identities. Rather it should be seen as the perhaps unintended, cumulative byproduct of choices made by individuals to improve their social situations. Question: But if they had to shed their ethnic selves to improve their social situations, isn't this a form of coercion? Why should changes in cultural behaviors be necessary for socioeconomic mobility? Monday, September 19, 11
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Alba According to Alba, intermarriage is the litmus test of assimilation. It signals that individuals of putatively different ethnic backgrounds no longer perceive social and cultural differences signiFcant enough to create a barrier to a long term union. It tests the salience, and even the existence of a social boundary between ethnic categories. Question: Is this true? Is it possible to maintain ethnic identity after an inter-ethnic marriage? Or is this just some weak form of identity, symbolic? Can one be strongly ethnic and be married to someone of another ethnicity? Question: Is there anyone in class from a mixed background that can speak to how their ethnicity is shaped, considering their parents come from different backgrounds? Monday, September 19, 11
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Alba According to Alba, whether marriage across social boundaries defned by non- European ancestries will attain the acceptability -- indeed the unremarkableness - that intermarriage appears to have attained in the case oF European ancestries remains to be seen. Question: Is it true in your peer group that interracial relationships are “unremarkable.” Are some types oF intermarriage more unremarkable than others? (Ethnicity vs. Race). AFrican Americans still have the lowest rate oF intermarriage among all groups.
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