NEW240Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: The Bell Curve, Heteronormativity, Welfare Dependency

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8 Oct 2012
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Historical construction of inequities: social and historical constructions, the science of normalcy, social darwinism, eugenics. Looking at these different identities as a set of cultural products rather than as situations/conditions that are natural . How differences in power have been interpreted as the natural outcome of biological differences. That terms such as race homosexual and the concept of normalcy are relatively recent inventions. How science has been used to construct inequities/challenge inequities. At least one of these questions/points from today will be on midterm exam. We always think about equity in terms of oppression; but we need to look at in terms of privilege as well. Skin pigmentation, brain size, many various factor. Concept of race is a new practice. First time used primarily as a word to describe a group of people. 18th century, term described a group of people who had specific characteristics that were from descent; biological defined group.

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