What are the sociological definitions of ethnicity and race?
What are the differences and commonalties between ethnicity and race
Describe the first time you can remember that you realized you are a particular race or ethnicity? And
how did that make you feel?
One journal entry can answer both of the current class' question but it'll only count as one
Often it's others who tells us who we are. Social labeling.
One of the first sociologists to explore how ethnicity was socially constructed
Argued that ethnicity involved both self-ascription and the ascription of others
o John farley (2000) defines an ethnic group as a group of people who are generally …(see
Important elements to ethnicity
Perceived common ancestry
The perception of a shared history of some sort
Shared symbols of peoplehood (kinship patterns, geographical concentration, religious
affiliation, language, and physical differences)
Self consciousness ( ethnic groups see themselves as distinct but the source for this
self consciousness is often labels used by others)
o Race was originally thought of as genetically distinct subpopulation of a given species
o In society typically it is a matter of categorizing individuals based on phenotypical
differences (differencees of facial characteristics, skin colour, hair texture, etc)
o But these differences (differences in genetic makeup)
o Humans are genetically very identical (approx 99%)
o The idea of race originally emerged in the extended encounter between European explores