SOCB53 – Lecture 9 (Mar. 12)
Sample Question from Midterm
Explain how the concept of racial and ethnic boundaries
(Anthias and Yuval-Davis, 1993) differs from commonplace
definitions of race and ethnicity. Illustrate with an example.
o An explanation of commonplace understanding of race
Ethnicity is linked to culture, shared practices,
attire, and language.
Race is linked to biology, phenotype (how people
o How Anthias and Yuval-Davis differ from the
Distinction isn’t that clear.
Included national and religious divisions as also
being not distinct from each other.
These ideas are constructed and changing so that
ethnic divisions can look like race and race can
look like ethnicity.
The categories are fluid, the boundaries are
political (political institutions choose how groups
Jews. Were considered a race. At another time
they were considered an ethnic group. But it is a
Theorizing Violence Against Aboriginal Women
Sherene Razack: “Gendered racial violence and spatialized
justice: The murder of Pamela George”
Murderer’s family shrugged off what they
sons had done.
One mother washed the kids bloody clothes
like he did nothing wrong.
Two good boys who went overboard. Too
bad for them because they were in college,
but now their lives are ruined. Unfortunate
How did this become the focus? Inability (in media, court, and public discourse) to
understand this as racial and patriarchal violence
It was the fact that she was an Aboriginal
woman that lead to the lack of truth and
focus in the discussions about it.
o Race constituted through space (links to colonization)
Certain racialized spaces are seen as
degenerate, underclass, lawless, bad things
happen there, less morals.
People are constituted through the places that
Can be talking about race without actually saying
it. – Underclass discourse.
If you live in an area, you become associated with
Jane and Finch
Lots of crime
Rosedale – where Maya lives.
o Anomalous Zones (the Stroll)
Zone that is considered degenerate, and the laws
don’t apply. Things happen there that don