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Lecture 10

Lecture 10

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

Social Construction of Race Perceptions of racial difference are socially constructed and often arbirtrary Some people think race and ethnicity is ascribed, sociology shows that r&e is socially constructed Greater importance for sociology and social forces than biology Jewish people are ethnic groups and not a race Race is often misused when people try to refer to nationality Race is a group of people that are determined to be inferior or superior by physical characteristics Racism is then often misused, racism- discrimination against a socially defined group or individual Genetic inferiority Racism implies prejudice and discrimination against a socially defined group that has a genetic inferiority Race: A Social construct used to distinguish people in terms of one or more physical markers, usually with profound effects on their lives Example: Using race to make person or group a scapegoat, which is a disadvantaged person or category of people that others blame for their own problems Scapegoating is fairly widespread The classification of white and non-white started in Europe in the age of colonialism The fiction of pure race o Humanity has experienced so much intermixing that race as a biological category has lost nearly all meaning o Sociologists use the term race because perceptions of race continue to affect lives of most people profoundly Japan has a lot of biological similarity because it has been isolated from the larger society The Japanese are not a race, biologically speaking
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