Soc 156 lecture 2
Soc 156 lecture 2 SOC 156
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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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