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Social Construction of Ethnicity

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Fall 2010

Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC336H1
Professor
Brasch

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September 28 – History of Immigration
Canadian”
Became an ethnic category
1986: 0.5%
1991: 4% (over one million)
1996: 31% (over eight million)
Social construction of ethnicity
Not “natural/unalterable
Created through social interaction
-Through contact with others, through participation in social institutions
(family/schools/politics/workplace) and through exposure to ideas and
ideologies
Social construction of ethnicity
How does it work?
1. Existence of multiple and symbolic ethnicities
-Ethnic ancestry, individual ethnic identity and group ethnic identity
2. Fluidity of ethnic identity
-You can change it
-presentation of self is a choice
3. What/who are the agents of such an ethnic change?
-Ethnic groups
-Social, economic, political events and processes external to the ethnic group
-Actions and claims that others take/make in reference to an ethnic group
-Government can assign power etc**
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September 28 History of Immigration Canadian Became an ethnic category 1986: 0.5% 1991: 4% (over one million) 1996: 31% (over eight million) Social construction of ethnicity Not naturalunalterable Created through social interaction - Through contact with others, through participation in social institutions (familyschoolspoliticsworkplace) and through exposure to ideas and ideologies Social construction of ethnicity How does it work? 1. Existence of multiple and symbolic ethnicities - Ethnic ancestry, individual ethnic identity and group ethnic identity 2. Fluidity of ethnic identity - You can change it - presentation of self is a choice 3. Whatwho are the agents of such an ethnic change? - Ethnic groups - Social, economic, political events and processes external to the ethnic group - Actions and claims that others takemake in reference to an ethnic group - Government can assign power etc** www.notesolution.com
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