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Sandra Preston

1 th Social Work 1A06: Introduction to Social Work January 7 2013 Lecture 13: Racism Notes: - 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 - Email the prof if you have missing marks - Wait 48 hours to re-email prof if she doesn’t answer you Racism - 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 Identity - 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 generation Canadians) - 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, dance/ritual/ceremonies  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 culture completely - Multi-culturalism 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  Socially constructed  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 oppression - 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?  The news o Skewed view of the middle east from cnn
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