Distinction between ethnicity and raceCensus now allows for multiple check-offs under race.
Dr. Sara Diaz
WGST 202: Gender, Difference, and Power
2. Dorothy Allison
• How do we see internalized oppression
reflected in Dorothy Allison’s story?
• In what ways do we see the intersection of
oppressions in her story?
3. Dorothy Allison
• What aspects of Allison’s story illustrate
the maintenance of systems of oppression
that Kirk & Okazawa-Rey discuss in the
intro to Chapter 3?
• What levels of analysis (micro, meso,
macro) are present in her story? What is
happening at each of these levels in her
4. Mary C. Waters
• Why does Mary C. Waters call some white
people’s claim to ethnic identity a
• How is this a source of tension and
misunderstanding between people of
European descent and people of color in
the United States?
5. Mary C. Waters
• Why does Mary Waters say that symbolic or
optional ethnicities have a cost for society?
What are those costs?
• What might those who have the option to
choose a symbolic ethnicity for themselves do to
understand the broad range of ethnic/racial
experiences in the United States?
6. Mary Waters
• What is the relationship of liberal
individualism and pluralism to the
phenomenon of symbolic ethnicity?
• How do you see liberal individualism
working in Dorothy Allison’s story?