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Lecture 7

SOCECOL E8 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Zip Code, Majority Minority, Collective Ownership


Department
Social Ecology
Course Code
SOCECOL E8
Professor
John M.Whiteley
Lecture
7

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Professor Zanotto/Whiteley
Social Ecology Department
Social Ecology E8
Environmental Analysis and Design
Course Code: 50000
Discussion Code: 50001
4 units
No Prerequisites
Location: SSLH 100
2019 Spring Quarter
Notes
Beginning of Lecture:
Inequality
What is inequality?
Difference in access to resources (unfair difference), opportunities, social
mobility
What do majority and minority mean in the sociological sense?
Majority refers to dominant
Minority refers to subordinate
What is race?
Social construct
Physical, not biological differences
Racial formation motivated by political interests
People treat race as “real”
What is ethnicity? How are they different? How are they similar?
Social construct
Cultural differences
Nationality
Language
religion
What does “majority minority city” mean?
Describes a United States state or jurisdiction whose population is
composed of less than 50% non-hispanic white
What is the trend in terms of percentage of minority population in the U.S.?
U.S. population has an increasing minority percentage making it up
What are some of the indicators of racial inequality in the U.S.?
Political representation
Educational attainment
Health
Life expectancy
Mortality rates
What is the main message of the video “A tale of two zipcodes”
How your zip code can matter more than your genetic code
Difference between people separated by a few blocks can face vastly
different dangers and opportunities, when it comes to health
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