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ES 101 Week 1 Notes

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Intro Ethnic Studies >2 >AC
charise cheney
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by liv on Thursday September 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ES 101 at University of Oregon taught by charise cheney in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see Intro Ethnic Studies >2 >AC in Ethnic Studies at University of Oregon.


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Date Created: 09/29/16
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9/26-9/28 9/26 what is ethnic studies? • not about cultural competence or teaching tolerance • not about customs and cultural practices • an interdisciplinary, multifocal and comparative study of racial and ethnic groups and their interrelations, with an emphasis on groups that have been historically neglected or marginalized history of ethnic studies • civil rights movement (1947-1971) • college campuses: radicalized and radicalized • reject assimilationism • embrace cultural autonomy and self determination • third world student strike at SF state and UC berkeley (1968) • college students empowered, pressure for equality and demands for social justice • asian american students around college campuses • 15 demands (3 parts) • right of third world students to education • marked beginning of police presence on campuses, students began to encounter police violence and arrests, pressure started to affect administration • 1969 establishment of college of ethnics • based on attempt to overcome internalized racism • formation of a committee on ES at UO (1969-1972) 1 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9/28 ethnic studies methodology: • rejects “universalism” and “objectivity”, the notion of truth • why? emphasizes the importance of perspective • includes the historically neglected and marginalized - three methodological principles of ethnic studies • 1. all knowledge claims situational and partial - our way son knowing are dependent upon our race, class, gender and sexuality positioning (the ways in which we see the world is shaped by these ways) • 2. culture is not universal - culture is constantly being contested - the term “nigger”, if you can’t say it everywhere you shouldn't say it anywhere - when you enter the us as an african immigrant, you are often stigmatized and considered black, culture does not recognize individual cultures • 3. necessary to use comparative, interdisciplinary methods when studying race - including: history, sociology, anthropology, economics, political sciences, psychology and humanities What is race? “Americans have learned to see race as an issue of blame and punishment.” - Lani Guinier (Harvard Law Professor) • A racial group is a group socially distinguished, by itself and others, on the basis of is unique physical characteristics such as skin color, eye color, hair color • Race is a group socially categorized as a means for facilitating exploitation and domination • Two underlying questions: is race a biological fact or a social construct? 2 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 • Phenotype does not determine race • Race is historically determined and socially constructed Blackness defined in the new world • U.S.: principle of hypo-descent = you can either be white or black • Brazil: white, black (preta), brown/mestizo (pardos) 3


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