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Lecture 6

Lecture 6 Dimensions of Racism 1) The social construction of “race” 2) Invalidation ideology social Darwinism 3) Racism in the colonial context a) - brief history of colonization contact period - market period (negotiation and partnerships Royal


Department
Social Science
Course Code
SOSC 1910
Professor
Dorathy Moore
Lecture
6

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AP SOSC 1210 (lecture) Wednesday,
November 4, 2009
Dimensions of Racism
1) The social construction of “race”
2) Invalidation ideology social Darwinism
3) Racism in the colonial context
a) - brief history of colonization contact period
- market period (negotiation and partnerships Royal Proclamation 1763)
- conflict period (control of land, establishment of reserves)
b) - model dominant group/minority relations during conflict period
- colonialism/racism in the paternalistic context
* Film: Duncan Campbell Scott, The Poet and The Indians
1) The social construction of “race”:
Deny flaws/mistakes = dismiss it like no significance
If it’s not your issue, it’s not an issue
Race not valid biological concept, refers to an arbitrary classifications of human population
using biological and genetic differences
Dr. Marks, Yale biologist, “race has no biological reality, human species doesn’t come
packaged that way”
Socially created concept, connect biology & behavior
Kallen: ^ continues to be used in racist ideology, biology determines temperament
&morality
oRole of women, seniors, etc
Race = social role (behavior, fit to do) & social space
Race consist of set of beliefs, set of roles and/or set of practices
Hierarchy based on human race (the lighter you are, the more human you are)
More civilized, more human, more right to dominate
Less human greater justification of violation of human rights
White racism, ideology more superior than non-whites
2) Invalidation ideology social Darwinism
Social Darwinism based on Charles Darwin, notion of “survival of fittest”
Pseudo scientific ideology whites more evolved than any other race
Based on theory “white population” super ordinate in terms of military
Power used as evidence (European) moral & intellectual superiority
“natural order of things” others served white, even if not in capacity of slaves
Western European, Christian, industrialized society vs. NON what white culture is
3) Racism in the colonial context
Colonialism notion of white supremacy used to legitimate the power over non-whites by
so called white colonizers
oColonialism: Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Dutch, Belgium, etc
oMany countries who colonized & many that were colonized
oEg. Americas, Africa, Pacific Islands, China, etc
a) - brief history of colonization contact period
Perception Eurocentric white racism not exclusive to white, endemic to human kind
Function of manipulation of differences in any social context, similar to sexism
oCreates advantage for one population over another
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