SOC210H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Social Constructionism, Social Distance, Ethnic Conflict

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Objective content: ethnicity was seen as a set of objective cultural forms, ethnicity was seen as durable, had distinct cultural entities, symbols and artifacts were attached to a community of people, these were designated to ethnic groups. Social distance: refers to the quantity and quality of social interaction among individuals or groups. Subjective and objective aspects of internal and external boundaries. Ethnic groups as emergency products of interactions and social relationships (jerkins: human collectives are not things they don"t just happen they emerge as a consequence/outcome of actual individuals doing things together in meaningful and coordinated ways. Individual behavior can"t be understood as determined by membership of collectives: the boundaries of collectivities are not fixed and are continually produced. Institutions collectivities are shaped by and made up of other institutions. Institutional dynamics & boundaries: alba: the nature of the minority-majority boundary depends on the way in which it has been institutionalized in different domains.

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