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soc 156 Lecture on the formation of race

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Race and the conquest of the New Worrld
- Race and Ethnicity in American Life
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Soc 156, sociology, race and ethnicity
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Date Created: 01/20/16
●  Conceptions of race  ○ In today's lecture, we discuss the formation of race in relation to the conquest of  the New World  ■ Race is known as the idea of a biological characteristic given by God  himself and is therefore non­transcendable   ■ Physical characteristicreflect the cognitive and behavioral differences  bw 2 peoples  ○ According to Bonilla­Silva  ■ race is created in the European conquest  ■ The structure of race accords certain privileges to whites  ■ white's struggle to maintain those privileges through racial ideologies   ○ Omi and Winant  ■ Race is a product of racial projects used to organize the structure of  society in order to determine who gets what (distribution of resources)  ○ Wimmer and ethnic boundaries  ■ Ethnicity is based on physical characteristics that others take into  consideration in order to classify you into a certain category and thus treat  you on the basis of that category   ○ 2 historical moments  ■ Genocide  ■ Slavery  ○ This notion of the idea of race, was used to mark Native Americans as inferior  and became a tactic (based on phenotype) in distinguishing the Natives in the  conquest of nearly ⅓ of the world. Furthermore, the English, within the conquest  of the New World, justified their actions as beinwill of God. According to the  English, it was God who had led them to the shores of the New World and must  thereforewant ​them to occupy this new found land. In addition, as further  “evidence” that this was truly the will of God himself, the epidemic that killed many  Natives, was seen by the English as a sign that “they were on the right tracks.”  ○ which racial projects contribute to the formation of race and how?  ○ According to Omi and Winant, this justification of the extermination of  Natives is clearly a racial project.  ○ To bonilla­silva, god as a justification for killing Natives is clearly used to  protect whites→ their priveleges   ○ This concept of inferiority is also an ethnic boundary used to determine  who is superior and who is not (Wimmer)   ■ A racial project, again, is a way of thinking about race→ this ideology,  leads to actions and these actions; are an effoorganize society (us  vs them)  ■ A racial project used to determine who gets what on the basis of  these categories/distinguishment (effort to distribute resources)   ■ how and y is the structure created? what are their effects? how were they  justified? 


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