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Sociology 2203-02: Racial Minorities & Ethnic Notes for Week 2

by: Caroline Ray

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These notes are what is to be expected on Exam 1. It covers all notes taken on August 24, 2016 (the 2nd week of class).
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Maggie Hagerman
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sociology, sociological, Imaganination, micro, Macro, ethnicity, race, standpoint, Theory, Symbolic, ascriptive, Identity
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Date Created: 09/04/16
SOCIOLOGY 2203­02: RACIAL & ETHNIC  MINORITIES WHAT IS RACE & ETHNICITY?  AUGUST 24, 2016 >Essential Terms & Concepts • Sociology • Sociological Imagination • Micro­Macro Link >What is Race, Ethnicity, and Racism? 1. What is Sociology?              The systematic, specific study of how patterns in all different aspects of social life  interrelate.     2.     What is Standpoint Theory?      Research questions based around your own research. It is empirically gathered data/ research.     3.     What is Discomfort within race, ethnicity, and racism?    When an individual or group of people become uneasy about the topic being discussed.      For example: When any race (like African Americans) discuss their experiences with racism      (how they were treated) to a group of people or individual it may make them feel uncomfortable        or the people they’re talking to uneasy.      4.     What does it mean to take account of race?     When we take account of race we should be conscious of color and not color blind. When we  are      being conscious of color, we are acknowledging that there are diverse races such as: black,  white,               Chinese, Native American, etc. When you are color blind you have no regard to race, culture, or      ethnicity.      5.      What is Sociological Imagination?     When we use our imagination in a sociological way we are trying to think about things      underneath the surface, and not taking for granted assumptions. It also means we think  critically,                and we ask questions of why? We try to understand our lives being connected to broader things              (social factors).    6.      What does Micro­Macro link mean?             Macro­Micro link is really a structural level and individual level.             Macro­link­­­­>structural level­­­­>i.e. society (institutions, status, roles, etc.) determines human             behavior             Micro­link­­­­>individual level­­­­>i.e. social interaction (questions why and meaning of human                 behavior)     7.     What is racialized space? Is MSU a raicalized space overall? Are there specific raicalized spaces     on campus?    Racialized spaces are specific areas that are for a specific race/ gender. For example: bathrooms               Yes, there are specific raicialized spaces at MSU. For example: Fraternities, Sororities, and Clubs    8.      What is Race & Ethnicity?    Both concepts are frequently confused or used incorrectly products of interaction between  diverse               populations. They are understood to be “natural” categories despite being ideas humans have               created. Ethnicity is “cultural or national­ origin characteristics” of shared history and shared               practices believed to be common descent­ it does not have to be true.   9. What is Ascriptive Identity?         Haitian Immigrants­­­>your ID vs. others perceptions of your ID vs. how populated ID        For example, you could be Cuban (your ID)  and someone could think (perceptions of your ID)        you are Mexican.  10. What is symbolic Ethnicity?          Symbolic ethnicity is more fluid than race. It actually has ties that are bounded by a specific place/        group that are symbolic.    11. What is the Sociological definition of Race? Race is socially constructed. That means it (race) is a product of human classification and           perception. Race is socially created by man. It is not biologically created. We have placed race in a           social category. Racial categories and understandings vary from culture to culture, race to race,           society to society, and so forth. What is important to know is that race is REAL IN ITS           CONSEQUENCES. The Law for example is socially constructed.      


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