Race and Ethnicity (Soci)

Race and Ethnicity (Soci) - Class Outline Race and...

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Class Outline: Race and Ethnicity 1. Race and Ambiguity A race is a socially constructed category composed of people who share biologically transmitted traits that members of a society consider important. Ambiguity is where it is difficult to put people in different racial groups. 2. Race, Ethnicity, and Ambiguity Ethnicity is a shared cultural heritage. People define themselves or others as members of an ethnic category based on common ancestors, languages, and religion. 3. Racism, Related Concepts, and Minority Groups Racism is the belief that one racial category is innately superior or inferior to another. A minority is any category of people distinguished by a physical or cultural difference that a society sets apart and subordinates. Prejudice is a rigid and unfair generalization about an entire category or people. One concept that is big here is the concept of PRE-JUDGING (coming right from the word itself). Stereotypes are exaggerated descriptions applied to every person in some category. Stereotypes are basically the models of what people talk about when they are being prejudice towards a group of people. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOCI 101 taught by Professor Nixon during the Fall '07 term at Towson.

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Race and Ethnicity (Soci) - Class Outline Race and...

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