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Lecture

Social Construction of Ethnicity


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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