AFAM 2000H Lecture 1: Exam 1 Lecture Notes 1 - Minority Status

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Minority status has reference to unequal treatment and discrimination at the collective level. Importantly, minority status does not refer to a numerical majority/minority dichotomy. Ex: asian population, african population in united states. A group of people who, because of their physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out from other in the society in which they live for differential and unequal treatment. Key diff: exclusion of the dominant subpopulation (whites in the context of the united. Berbrier suggests bc whites are typically not sufficiently disadvantaged nor sufficiently similar to blacks . When we talk about minorities in us, first thing that comes to mind it african americans. When we use the term minority but don"t specify who we are talking about, we assume they are referring to african americans. 4 elements for the assertion of minority status. Expressive goals: collective identity; being more widely accepted in. Discrimination: ethnic discrimination involves processes of denying access to valued resources.

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