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Soc 156 lecture 2

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Soc 156 lecture 2 SOC 156

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The professor spoke way to fast but I think that I caught the really important points.
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Date Created: 01/06/16
● how is it that most people don't consider them racist when there's so much racial  inequality in today's society  ● omi and winant   ○ author basically argues that race is a separate concept from ethnicity, Ethnicity  signifies culture whereas race signifies physical characteristics which individuals  attribute to particular races. However, these phenotypical characteristics remain  arbitrary and vary profoundly among different peoples.   ○ Furthermore, the term racism, does not depend on the individual himself. This is  why race is defined as a master category: race organizes social life, which  affects how people view the world which in turn, organizes life within the periods  that follow.  ■ For example, during the periods in which slavery existed i.e. slave ships,  affected how Asian Americans were treated  ■ the treatment of asian americans built off of the enslavement of  blacks/race shapes social structure  ○ race is socially constructed  ■ race and the idea of racism is built upon shared ideas→ shapes social  structure (race shapes ideas)   ● i.e­influenced by historical processes   ● race symbolizes social conflict  ○ Racial projects  ■ racial projects are basically a linkage between what people believe race is  and how they act upon those ideas  ● racial projects begin with an actor and that actor has an idea of  what race is; his ideas, hence shape how resources will then be  distributed  ● thus, racial projects are a linkage bw an understanding or idea and  an effort to distribute resources→ this hence, shapes the way race  is viewed/how society becomes structured, not merely the  moment  ■ racial projects are ubiquitous   ● built at every scale  ● found everywhere/within social actions  ● built on the understanding of race  ■ enacted in structural contexts   ● they are widespread  ● retain or revise racial structure  ● reflections and responses to race   ■ comprise racial formation  ● the ongoing process of the idea of racism directly resulting from  racial projects  ■ can be either racist or non­racist  ● racist: produces structures of domination based on race  ● non­racist: resist structures of domination based on race    ○  


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