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Lecture 3 Key concepts in the creation of minorities Intro: the social creation of minority status 1) definitions of minority & majority/dominant groups 2) labeling & stereotypes 3) invalidation myths & ideologies 4) discrimination & HR violations: f

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SOSC 1910
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Dorathy Moore

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AP SOSC 1210 (lecture) Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Missed points from last lecture:  “fundamental freedom”  freedoms we have to the state – political right  “democratic rights” - political right  Canada’s rights are very divisible, political are bedrock of all rights Key concepts in the creation of minorities Intro: the social creation of minority status 1) definitions of minority & majority/dominant groups 2) labeling & stereotypes 3) invalidation myths & ideologies 4) discrimination & HR violations: forms of discrimination a) individual b) institutional c) structural/systemic 5) the relationship of prejudice to discrimination 6) othering & the self-fulfilling prophecy 7) outcome: socially constructed minority status/group disadvantage, marginality or created dependency Introduction  Human process dynamic  Not wholly constrained by physical laws, imagined law can have real effect  Social construction of reality, put interpretation of reality (may or may not be true in absolute sense)  Interpretation, explanation, definition = make sense of world  become guidelines respond to what’s going on  Social construction = definition + direction = form basis of us  ^ based on assumption from knowledge/info / or based on truth or none at all 1)  We are capable of social construction & minority groups (not naturally inferior, it’s what we believe)  Treat minorities how we believe it  treatment (our acts based on belief violates HR)  Our prejudices don’t constitute violation of HR  can think what we like  Treatment of minorities  violate HR  Power  all dimensions of life, exercised politically, socially, economically  Not exclusive jurisdiction of government  principle source of grant/deny rights  Media can have significant impact on gov’t policies  how gov’t act  Based on norms want to impose  requisite to exercise power  Power itself not problem, way exercised is problem  Rights deal w/ inequality in power  way to counterbalance  minorities o not # or proportion of population o working in HR perspective o group/category subject to denial HR  social economic political  society level  more minority than dominant o Aparti South Africa o Women o Upper vs. lower class o French minority in Quebec powerful, outside not  Corresponding majority, relative notion  eg. Upper vs. lower class  Minority @ society level  Ppl often assume it’s a negative thing to be minority, don’t like to see self in those groups  distance from negative impact & constructive status  Minority  denial of rights, nothing wrong w/ group  it’s social treatment & perception  Rights on paper vs. reality  Virtue of having minority status  cannot be oppressive of self  Learn oppress from being an object of it  Majority o Defined w/ reference to any given human attribute as social category o most power in society
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