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SOCIOLOGY 183 Race and Ethnic Relations Session 8: Prejudice in Socio Session 8: Prejudice in Socio-Political Life: Political Life: On Native American Rights On Native American Rights
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ace Problem as Moral Dilemma Race Problem as Moral Dilemma lash of the American Creed of equality Clash of the American Creed of equality and individual rights s vs • Actual practice of prejudice and discrimination • Values Centered • Gunnar Myrdal, 1944. An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and American Democracy
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Race Problem as a Personality Problem dorno t al 1949 he Authoritarian T. Adorno et al, 1949. The Authoritarian Personality uthoritarianism was a deep eated • Authoritarianism was a deep-seated personality syndrome involving hostility nd aggression toward a wide range of and aggression toward a wide range of ethnic minority and other unconventional roups (e g homosexuals) This hostility groups (e.g., homosexuals). This hostility was based in a general pattern of rigid, nreflective yperconforming and highly unreflective, hyperconforming, and highly suggestible ways of thinking
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Race Problem as Socio-Cultural Prejudice •“ Prejudice , then, can be thought of as irrationally based, negative attitudes against certain ethnic groups and their members.” -Pettigrew et al. 1980. Prejudice • Object Appraisal or knowledge function • Social adjustment or learning and conformity • Externalization – anxiety reduction or psychological need and scapegoating • Gordon Allport, 1954. The Nature of Prejudice
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Institutional Critique and Dominance of “Structural” Approval lalock 967 oward heory f Blalock, 1967. Toward a Theory of Minority Group Relations • Van den Berghe, 1967. Race and Racism: A Comparative Perspective • Wilson, 1973. Power, Racism, and Privilege: Race Relations in Theoretical • and Sociohistorical Perspective • Blauner, 1972. Racial Oppression in America
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Elaborating a More Sociological pproach to Prejudice and Why It Approach to Prejudice and Why It Matters
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rejudice as Group Position Prejudice as Group Position Elements of Group Position theory 4 Elements of Group Position theory • Group Attachment : In-group sense of superiority ut roup Derogation Ou t roup viewed as Out-Group Derogation : Out-group viewed as alien and different ense of Entitlement proprietary claim over Sense of Entitlement : proprietary claim over certain rights, statuses, and resources •P erception of Threat: belief that members of an e cept o o eat be e t at e be s o a out-group seek a greater share of in-group entitlements
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rejudice as Group Position Prejudice as Group Position 3 Core Assumptions of Group Position Theory Ethno-racial cleavages fundamental : racial identities are quasi- autonomous social forces, ranking with economic and other institutional dynamics in shaping human social organization Emotions Matter: Affect Central to the Sense of Group Position; that p; is, racial attachments and the sense of group position have core non-rational or socio-emotional elements Interests Matter
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course SOC 183 taught by Professor Sethhannah during the Fall '11 term at Harvard.

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