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To the extent that race category is omnirelevant (or even verges on this), it follows that persons involved in virtually any action may beheld accountable for their performance of that action as members of their race category-race category can be used to justify or discredit other actions-the accomplishment of race consists of creating differences among members of diff. race categories-differences that are neither naturalnor biologicalClass-If someone is poor we assume it’s b/c of something THEY did or didn’t do: they lacked initiative, weren’t industrious, had no ambition-If someone is rich, or merely well-off, it must be by virtue of THEIR OWN efforts, talents, and initiative-Americans can’t see the distribution that structures our unequal access to resources b/c we believe we’re escaping the hierarchies thatburden the rest of the developed world-b/c we don’t see this, the accomplishment of class in everyday life rests on the presumption that everyone has equalopportunity and that real differences in the outcomes we observe must result from individual differences in attributes likeintelligence and character-The accomplishment of class renders the unequal institutional arrangements based on class category accountable as legitimate ways ororganizing society (natural & normal)In any given situation the simultaneous accomplishments of class, gender, & race will differ in content & outcome4.What do the authors mean by the understanding of gender, race, and class as “ongoing, methodical, andsituated accomplishments”?
5.How do you, as an individual, accomplish your gender, race, or class?6.How do you see the intersection of race, gender, and class play out in your own accomplishment ofthem?7.Explain West and Fenstermaker’s ethnomethodological perspective of difference and the fourimplications for understanding differences.
Four Implications for understanding difference(pgs. 150-152)1.)Conceiving of these ongoing accomplishments means that we can’t determine their relevance to social action apart from the context inwhich they’re accomplisheda.How class and gender are accomplished in concert w/ race (or other combos) must be understood through specific interaction2.)The accomplishment of race, class, & gender doesn’t require categorical diversity among the participantsa.Situations that involve more than one sex, race, and class category may highlight categorical membership and make the

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