SY321 Lecture Notes - Institutional Racism, Bw Group, Tiger Woods

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27 Jan 2013
Race and Ethnicity:
(no marginality and creativity on the final)
Social construction:
-sociology on race and ethnicity is important b.c we look at how race and ethnicity shape power and
-race and ethnicity often focus on inequality
-some people think race and ethnicity is proscribedborn w/ it and so unchangeable
-traits that you’re born w/
-sociology says race and ethnicity are socially constructed
-consider greater importance for sociology than in biology
-racial distinctions aren’t biological given
-some scientists believe we all belong to one race and this is in Africa
-some people think we all come from one mother named Lucy who is from Africa
-is misused
-some people think iof race in connection w/ skin colour
-the Caucassion race-->white people or people of European backround
-some people label Jes as a race but they are an ethnic group
-another misuse is nationality
-the English racewrong
-the human racewrong
-not the way sociologists or biologists use the term race
-Canteburry people who have been singled out as inferior or inferior on the basis physical of genetic
-term racism is also misusedmeans to be prejudiced against a socially defined group of ppl and to
discriminate them based on genetic inferiority of that group of individuals
-often find today that when people see prejudice or discrimination, they think that it is based on racism
but it’s not always true
-can discriminate against people not just for race but can also discriminate based on religion, colour of
hair, etc.
-should be aware of the fact that racism is the discrimination against people who show genetic
Race biology of society:
-race is a social construct
-race matters historically b/c it has been associated w/ inequality
-the group defined as genetically inferior experiences prejudice
-scapegoating is when a group of people blame and inferior group of people for their problems that they
themselves have created
-problems w/ race
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