SOCA01H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 10: Srebrenica Massacre, War Measures Act, Aboriginal Peoples In Canada

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Minority - a definable category of people who are socially disadvantaged: membership has two components, group lacks social power i. e. south african system of apartheid (apartness); numerically inferior white population dominated numerically superior blacks. Stigmatization is based on perceived attributes, i. e. avoiding a black person in baggy pants: being distinct from the majority. The more obvious defining feature (language, skin colour, religious belief) results in a more severe stigma towards the minority. Most minority groups develop a strong sense of ingroup solidarity. Majority - a definable category of people who are socially advantaged: defining feature = group uses its dominance to control the social system. In canadian society, majority is considered white males of european descent. Race - historically, group of people that was physically and genetically distinguished from other groups: difference largely evident in skin colour, hair texture and facial features. Research has shown the assignment of people into racial categories is a function of social construction.

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