soc 156 Lecture on the formation of race
soc 156 Lecture on the formation of race SOC 156
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● 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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