Week 10 - Race and Ethnicity

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Sociology – Week 10 Nov 16, 2010
Race & Ethnicity
Marginality
-being a part of more than one culture (home culture and host culture)
-Studies indicate that people who are marginal are more creative (exposed to
more traditions
-Marginality music; marginal music is a creation by Afro-Americans; beginning
with Jazz and Swing (1940s) then rock and roll (Chuck Ber r y)
Movie: Chuck Berr y Documentar y
Ethnic and Racial Stratification in Canada
-Many Canadian sociologists had to qualify the view that ethnic and racial culture
determines economic success or failure because: many members of ethnic and
racial minority groups were economically successful despite ethnic and racial
prejudice and discrimination; economic differences among ethnic groups and
racial groups diminished
-Diversity (ethnic) increased among the wealthy, government positions,
professional groups
-Feel more at home when living in a community dominated by their own ethnic
group
-Ethnic segregation is very existent (voluntary)…segregating people b/c of their
ethnicity is illegal unless its voluntary
Social Significance of Race and Ethnicity
-Most Canadians are uncomfortable with t hese terms
-Believe these terms carr y negative meaning
-Ethnicity has been HISTORICALLY the basis for ranking people; refer r ing to
inequality of distribution of resources; in the past
-Entrance group status (immigrants) at the bottom of the ranking…purpose of
immigration policy to put them at the bottom…specifically Eastern Europeans
and even the Ir ish
Ethnic stratification: most recent ethnic immigrants are given the bottom jobs
-Charter groups: British and French groups were here first
-Visible minori ties born in Canada have earnings equal to or above charter and
European groups; not the case for ethnic groups that ar r ived here; offspr ing of
immigrant groups are given fair earnings b/c their parents were not given the
oppor tunities
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Marginality being a part of more than one culture (home culture and host culture) Studies indicate that people who are marginal are more creative (exposed to more traditions. Marginality music; marginal music is a creation by afro-americans; beginning with jazz and swing (1940s) then rock and roll (chuck berry) Diversity (ethnic) increased among the wealthy, government positions, professional groups. Feel more at home when living in a community dominated by their own ethnic group. Ethnic segregation is very existent (voluntary) segregating people b/c of their ethnicity is illegal unless its voluntary. Most canadians are uncomfortable with these terms. Ethnicity has been historically the basis for ranking people; referring to inequality of distribution of resources; in the past. Entrance group status (immigrants) at the bottom of the ranking purpose of immigration policy to put them at the bottom specifically eastern europeans and even the irish. Ethnic stratification: most recent ethnic immigrants are given the bottom jobs.

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