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School
University of Toronto St. George
Department
Sociology
Course
SOC101Y1
Professor
Baljit Nagra
Semester
Fall

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Overview: 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. Fredrik Barth  One of the first sociologists to explore how ethnicity was socially constructed  Argued that ethnicity involved both self-ascription and the ascription of others Ethnicity: o John farley (2000) defines an ethnic group as a group of people who are generally …(see ppt) 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) Race: 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 and n
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