Social Work 1A06: Introduction to Social Work January 7 2013
Lecture 13: Racism
- Deferred exam date will be posted on Ave
- Will is taking over Janet’s tutorial
- Info about the bonus assignments will be posted on Ave
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- A form of oppression
o Expressed in socially constructed ways
Not permanent, not natural, built by us so that some people can have more
power than other people
o One of the ways that people attain privilege and power over others
- Who is “Canadian”?
o Asking someone where they are from when they are in Canada and not white implies
that they don’t belong here, that they must not be from here (even when 3 or 4d th
- How do we define culture?
o Think about culture in very stereotypical ways
Is our thoughts, behs and families, but we usually focus on what is produced
What is produced: Food, traditional dress, music, accent, sports,
When we talk about culture, we often don’t talk about thoughts, history, beh,
family – we look at the surface things
The surface things are important but when we have multicultural events
we really stick to the surface, don’t really interact with what makes up
o At multi-cultural events, what kinds of food/dance etc. are considered multi-cultural?
Anything that is not mainstream
o When we discuss multi-cult, we aren’t usually dealing with truly understanding,
integrating and valuing different ways of being in the world
This becomes evident when you talk to people who are from cult groups that
are marginalized in Canada
- Public vs. private identity 2
o Marginalized groups have a public and private identity
Public identity – one they present to the world where they are dealing with
issues of racism
Private identity – one that they present at home where they are comfortable
o Study looked at self-esteem levels for Spanish speaking americans
Found that young women in this group had a diff level of s-e in the public than
they did in their private lives – quite high in private vs. quite low in public
Particularly true for 1 and 2 gen Canadians who have to manage the diffs btw
their private and public lives
How is Racism enacted?
- What is the norm?
o “Normal” is often used to describe those people who have privilege and power, anyone
who is outside of that “normal” is seen as “other” – someone with less privilege and less
power, someone who it is appropriate to oppress
o The norm is shifting over time and place
Not set in stone, not natural or ongoing
Form of racism at point A is very different from form of racism at point B
- How do we decide where we fit?
o In categories of privilege and oppression
How do you understand your own privilege in light of your own experiences of
- What images do we see of race?
o What are the images that we receive around race?
o What are the stereotypes we have learned from the media? Social media?
o What is the most common form of media that you interact with?
Where do you get most of your images of race from?
o Skewed view of the middle east from cnn