Chapter 14 - Race & Ethnicity - pp.324-347

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๎€The Social Meaning of Race & Ethnicity
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๎€Race - a socially constructed category of people who share biologically
transmitted traits that members of a society consider important
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โ€ขScientists created 3 BROAD CATEGORIES OF RACE โ€“ CAUSCASOIDS,
MONGLOIDS and NEGROIDS- there are no biologically pure races
๎€Ethnicity - A shared cultural heritage. It is reflected in ancestry, dress, religion,
language
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๎€Minority - A minority is any category of people distinguished by physical or
cultural difference that a society sets apart and subordinates
Prejudice & Stereotypes
๎€Prejudice - a rigid and unfair generalization about an entire category of people
๎€Stereotype - a simplified description applied to every person in some category
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๎€**Aboriginal people are stereotyped by some as lacking motivation, but most
poor people are white
๎€Racism - The belief that one racial category is innately superior or inferior to
another
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๎€**A powerful rationale
๎€** Racial conflict has intensified in Britain and Western European societies due
to immigration from former colonies
Theories of Prejudice
๎€Scapegoat theory: prejudice springs from frustration among people who are
themselves disadvantaged
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๎€*Prejudice is a way to express anger
๎€*Produces feelings of superiority
๎€Scapegoat - People blame them for their own troubles
๎€Authoritarian Personality Theory - A personality trait of certain individuals who
show Intolerance towards all minorities
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๎€*They are rigid moralists with little education who see things as clear-cut matters
of right and wrong
๎€*They view society as naturally competitive and hierarchical
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๎€Culture Theory - Some prejudice is found in everyone because it is embedded
in culture
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๎€*Belief in the social superiority of some categories of people (e.g. British) is still a
part of Canadian culture
๎€*Bogardusโ€™ social distance scale shows consistency between Canada and US
๎€Conflict Theory - Prejudice is a product of social conflict
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๎€*Self-justification for the rich and powerful to oppress others, e.g., Chinese
railroad labourers
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๎€Steele - Minorities themselves may cultivate climate of race consciousness
(victimhood) in order to win greater power and privileges (โ€œspecial treatmentโ€)
Discrimination
๎€Discrimination - Unequal treatment of various categories of people, it is a matter
of action
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A socially constructed category of people who share biologically transmitted traits that members of a society consider important: scientists created 3 broad categories of race causcasoids, Mongloids and negroids- there are no biologically pure races. It is reflected in ancestry, dress, religion, language. A minority is any category of people distinguished by physical or cultural difference that a society sets apart and subordinates. A rigid and unfair generalization about an entire category of people. A simplified description applied to every person in some category. **aboriginal people are stereotyped by some as lacking motivation, but most poor people are white. The belief that one racial category is innately superior or inferior to another. ** racial conflict has intensified in britain and western european societies due to immigration from former colonies. Scapegoat theory: prejudice springs from frustration among people who are themselves disadvantaged www. notesolution. com. People blame them for their own troubles.

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