ASOC 2-5 - ASOC 2/5/08 Theories on Race Feagin and Feagin...

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ASOC 2/5/08 Theories on Race - Feagin and Feagin “Theoretical perspectives in Race and Ethnic Relations” o First theory to explain race and ethnic relations builds from assimilation work. First sociologist to theorize why racial inequality exist is Robert E. Park who comes up with the race relations cycle. Stages Contact: Occurs as a result of migration Competition: Conflict b/w people as they seek economic mobility. Accommodation: Adjusting to the new environment and this occurs at a slow pace. Assimilation: involves fusion of cultures to create a common one that different groups end up sharing. o Park: racial groups will undergo these stages and face inequality in the beginning but will be able to later assimilate and reach parity with the mainstream society. Some assimilate faster, some slower. o Milton Gordon: In process of assimilating, racial groups tend to adopt the white middle-class culture (for instance, speaking English) and he terms this the Anglo-conformity modoel
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ASOC 282 taught by Professor Tejada during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Albany.

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ASOC 2-5 - ASOC 2/5/08 Theories on Race Feagin and Feagin...

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