Class Notes (808,849)
Canada (493,411)
Sociology (3,988)
SOC100H5 (934)
Jayne Baker (336)
Lecture 11

SOC100 Lecture 11.docx

3 Pages
Unlock Document

University of Toronto Mississauga
Jayne Baker

February 26, 2013 Race and Ethnicity Part 1 - Race: “A social construct used to distinguish people in terms of one or more physical markers, usually with profound effects on their lives.” (Brym and Lie 2012: 145)  Generally talking about physical features  Sociological definition of race (social construct)  Reflection of what we know from geneticists of race and sociologists who study race.  Race = social construct  Social construct: an idea or concept that has emerged from society. - Race is an idea, a construct (symbolic interactionist perspective)  Race is a physical marker  An idea that there is a profound effect on individual‟s lives.  An idea of looking at individual and making meaning (people derive meaning from physical markers) Race Does Not Equal Genetic Difference - All evidence suggests there is no biological component to what we think of race. - Race Video  Perceptions that race is genetic  Clear-cut, distinct  There is a belief that skills and performance skills are different with each race.  There are no genetic markers to define race  Race is not linked to biology but an idea prescribed to biology.  Because we live in a racialized society, we have a history of searching for racial differences and attributing performance differences to them. - We have ideas about genetic makeup, but there are many differences - Jim Brown: the definition of race has changed over time - “Black”: Term applied in opposition to dominant “White”  Applied to „White‟ races (Irish, European Jew, etc.) A Social Construct With Real Implications - Video February 26, 2013  Race is about what we first notice about each other (physical features) - The significance of race lies in public policy and privat
More Less

Related notes for SOC100H5

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.