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WGST 303 Day 13 Boundaries, Community, Positioning
WGST 303 Day 13 Boundaries, Community, Positioning
WGST 303 Day 13 Boundaries, Community, Positioning
WGST 303 Day 13 Boundaries, Community, Positioning
WGST 303 Day 13 Boundaries, Community, Positioning
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WGST 303 Day 13 Boundaries, Community, Positioning

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  • 1. Boundaries, Community, Positioning Dr. Sara Diaz WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender Gonzaga University
  • 2. Discussion Question • According to Elizabeth Martinez, what has been the prevailing U.S. attitude toward Latinos? Why do some people maintain that Latinos do not experience racism?
  • 3. Discussion Question • Why does Martinez argue we need to move beyond the black/white binary in discussions about race? • What is at stake in doing so?
  • 4. Discussion Question • Why does Kibria argue that that the “model minority” stereotype is harmful? • How is it harmful to Asian Americans? • How is it harmful to other people of color in the US?
  • 5. Discussion Question • Why/how are pan-ethnic coalitions formed? • What are some advantages and disadvantages of creating such coalitions? • What are some of the limitations of the term “Asian American” that Kibria outlines? • Can the same be said of terms like “African American,” “Latino,” or Native American? • What about “people of color”?
  • 6. Boundaries, Community, Positioning • What are the criteria for membership in a racial category? • What are the grounds for being identified as belonging to a certain race? • How do racial boundaries suggest membership in a community? • How do the boundaries mark a community of persons who share more than simply an externally imposed designation? • What is the position of the group within the racial hierarchy? • How do groups relate to one another?
  • 7. Free-write • Think about boundaries, community, and solidarity. • Reflect on a time when you encountered an ambiguous person or had difficulty categorizing someone with respect to a socially defined identity (race, gender, sexuality). • What were your reactions to that ambiguity? How did it make you feel? What assumptions did it challenge? • What are some of the interpersonal and institutional ramifications for that person because of their ambiguity? • Do you think about that experience differently now? • Try to identify one ambiguity in your own socially defined identities. Describe how your own ambiguity has shaped your experiences of community and solidarity.

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