SOC 203 Lecture 6: Soc 203 Race

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6 Aug 2016
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Soc 203 Race
Does race exist?
As a social reality ? Yes
As a genetic reality? No
What does race depend on? Physical Traits
-People look remarkably different
-We differ in terms of skin color, hair type, eye shape, face shape, stature, etc.(all recently
evolved)
-People believe that these outward features are linked to internal differences, like
cognitive and language and creativity and athletic differences.
-But these internal characteristics are present in all racial groups.
-The notion of race is social not biological
-Race changes across time and place: what counts has being “black” in the US doesn’t
track what is “black” in Australia, India, or Africa.
Differences between people
-Are racial groups different in terms of their dna?
-DNA Variation within a given group (or race) is greater than between groups (or races).
-The variation within the group called White is greater than the variation within the group
called Black
-For example, individuals from two different groups (or races) will be genetically more
similar than any two individuals from the same group.
-Europeans and Africans are more similar to each other genetically than two Europeans
are, or two Africans are…
Why are we identical?
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