Racial Inequality (Part 1)
Race and Ethnic Inequality
ON THE AGENDA FOR TODAY
What is the racial ethnic make-up of the United States?
What is the history of race/ethnic relations in the United States?
What are some basic concepts?
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Racial and Ethnic Categories in the United States, 2006
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2007
Minorities any category of people, identified by physical or cultural traits, that a
society subjects to disadvantage
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Knowing peoples race allows us to predict almost nothing about them, but societies still
consider race very important. Why?
Categories allow societies to rank people in a hierarchy, giving some people more
money, power, and pr
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Race a socially constructed category of people who share biologically transmitted traits
that members of society consider important
Highly variable concep
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Race is a social construct
Construction can be understood through texts of culture
Gender is a social construction
Race, sex, and sexuality are interconnected
interracial sexuality is boundary maintenance
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Requires all of the following conditions
Competition for same scarce resource
more shared goals between groups the more fierce the competition
group with the most resources dominated other
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Who benefits from inequality?
How fix inequality?
Criticism of Caste Theory
India is an agrarian society
race consciousness is different from caste consciousness
oppressed group is not acquiescent
caste order i
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How do you fix race/ethnic Inequality?
Cultural Theories of Race/Ethnic Inequality
Something different about the culture of minorities
Minority subculture does not support mainstream values necessary for success.
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Evidence of Modern Day Inequality
Income and wealth
face to face interaction
Race/Ethnic Inequalities of Wealth and Income
WHAT IS THE
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Prejudice any rigid and unfounded generalization about an entire category of people
Prejudgement developed before interaction.
Difficult to change.
Positive vs. Negative
Involve social class, gender, religion, age, politic