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  • Race and Ethnicity Seccombe Chapter 6 Questions to Guide Discussion
  • Think back to our study of gender
    • What aspects of gender are genetically determined (i.e., they are due to DNA)?
    • What aspects of gender are due to biological differences (hormones and developmental differences, for example)?
    • What aspects of gender are due to social influences (family, school, religion, media messages)?
  • Think back to our study of social class
    • What aspects of class are genetically determined (i.e., they are due to DNA)?
    • What aspects of class are due to biological differences (hormones and developmental differences, for example)?
    • What aspects of gender are due to social influences (family, school, religion, media messages)?
  • As we study race …
    • What aspects of race are genetically determined (i.e., they are due to DNA)?
    • What aspects of race are due to biological differences (hormones and developmental differences, for example)?
    • What aspects of race are due to social influences (family, school, religion, media messages)?
  • Is race a genetic or a social method of classifying people?
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  • Races are not evenly distributed
    • Historical patterns
      • Slavery
      • Source of migration
    • Economic patterns
      • Location of type of work available to group
        • Factories
        • Farms
        • Cities (domestic workers)
    • Segregation / Ghetto Patterns
      • Kin networks
      • Availability of cultural elements (food, music, language)
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  • Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census. 86,918 people, 35,500 households, and 19,915 families residing in the city.
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
    • Racial prejudice : negative attitudes towards a person or group based on race
    • Racial discrimination : pattern of activity so that members of one race have inferior outcomes (less access, wealth, power)
      • Direct discrimination
      • Institutional discrimination
      • Structural discrimination
    • Discrimination can occur even when there is no intent to discriminate and no conscious prejudice.
  • “ Doing” Race and Ethnicity
    • Social construction
      • Symbolic interaction perspective
      • Associating behaviors, attitudes, & abilities with an individual based on their race or ethnic group
    • Races and ethnicities construct themselves AND are affected by the constructions of others
      • You hear a group say, “We are…” when they are constructing & reinforcing an identity
      • Messages are in the media, song lyrics, pictures in magazines, everywhere.
      • Gender images: few people of color
    • As of October 2006, one out of 3 Americans is a person of color.
  • Privilege
    • The flip side of prejudice and discrimination
      • If discrimination moves one group back, some other group was moved forward out of turn
      • If one group faces extra challenges because of their race or ethnicity, groups that don’t face those challenges have an advantage. Usually they don’t even know they have it.
    • Peggy McIntosh found male privilege in academe
      • Decided to explore, with friends who were people of color, the privilege she had as a white person.
      • Made up a list of things they could see. (Handout)
  • One famous experiment… For online work on Monday A Girl Like Me Or YouTube Class Divided