Presentation on theme: "Chapter 9 Race and Ethnicity. Race: Myth and Reality The Reality of Human Variety The Myth of Pure Races The Myth of a Fixed Number of Races The Myth."— Presentation transcript:
Minority, Racial, and Ethnic Groups █ Racial group: █ Group set apart from others because of obvious physical differences █ Ethnic group: █ Group set apart from others primarily because of its national origin and/or distinctive cultural patterns Module 31
Minority Groups █ Minority group: Subordinate group whose members have significantly less control or power over their own lives –Properties of minority groups include: Unequal treatment Distinguishing cultural characteristics Involuntary membership Solidarity In-group marriage Module 31
Minority Groups █ Minority group does not necessarily imply a smaller number. –South African prior to the end of apartheid Black South Africans were 79% of the total population and yet they were the minority group White South Africans were 9.6% of the population and yet they were the majority group Module 31
Race █ Research shows that race is not a meaningful way of differentiating people –Racial group refers to these minorities –Social construction of race: Society socially constructs which differences are important Module 31
Historical Efforts to Define Race Linnaeus: 4 human races Blumenbach:5 human races Cuvier:3 human races Hunter:7 human races Burke:63 human races Pickering: 11 human races
Historical Efforts to Define Race Very: 2 species; 3 in races each Haeckel:36 human races Huxley:4 human races Topinard: 19 races under 3 headings Desmoulins:16 species Deniker:17 races and 30 types
Race █ Racial formation: Sociohistorical process in which racial categories are created, inhibited, transformed, and destroyed –Native Americans –“One-drop rule” Module 31
Race █ Recognition of Multiple Identities –In 1990, Du Bois predicted “the color line” foremost problem of 20 th century Immigration from Latin America shows fluid nature of race formation Biracial society being replaced by triracial –Stereotypes: Unreliable generalizations about all members of a group that do not recognize individual differences with the group Module 31
Prejudice Attitude █ Prejudice: Negative attitude toward an entire category of people –Ethnocentrism: Tendency to assume one’s culture and way of life are superior to others –Racism: Belief that one race is supreme and others are innately inferior Module 31
Discriminatory Behavior █ Discrimination: Denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups based on some type of arbitrary bias –Discrimination persists even for educated and qualified minority members Glass ceiling: invisible barrier blocking promotion of qualified individuals in work environment because of gender, race, or ethnicity Module 31
Merton’s Typology of Prejudice and Discrimination Prejudiced Attitude? Discriminatory behavior? Unprejudiced nondiscriminator No Unprejudiced discriminator NoYes Prejudiced Nondiscriminator YesNo Prejudiced Discriminator Yes
Patterns of Racial and Ethnic Group Interaction Genocide Colonialism Segregation Acculturation Pluralism Assimilation Amalgamation
Genocide Annihilation of an entire nation or people. In the 20th century Hitler led the Nazi extermination of 12 million people in the Holocaust. In the early 1990s ethnic Serbs attempted to eliminate Muslims from parts of Bosnia.
Genocide In 1994 genocide took pace in Rwanda when Hutus slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Tutsis. Currently in the Darfur region of Sudan, the Sudanese government, using Arab janaweed militias, its air force, and organized starvation, is systematically killing the black Sudanese population.
Colonialism A racial or ethnic group from one society takes over and dominates the racial or ethnic group(s) of another society. Examples: European invasion of North America, British occupation of India, Dutch presence in South Africa before the end of apartheid
Segregation Physical separation of two groups in residence, workplace, and social functions. –de jure ( by law) –de facto (in fact)
Expulsion or Population Transfer Occurs when a dominant group forces a subordinate group to leave the country or to live only in designated areas of the country. The 1830 Indian Removal Act called for the relocation of eastern tribes to land west of the Mississippi River.
Acculturation Refers to adopting the culture of a group different from the one in which a person was originally raised. Acculturation may involve learning the dominant language and adopting new values and behaviors.
Pluralism Refers to a state in which racial and ethnic groups maintain their distinctness but respect each other and have equal access to social resources. In Switzerland, four ethnic groups—French, Italians, Germans, and Swiss Germans— maintain their distinct cultural heritage and group identity in an atmosphere of mutual respect and social equality.
Assimilation The process by which formerly distinct and separate groups merge and become integrated as one. –Secondary assimilation: integration in public areas and social institutions, such as neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and government. –Primary assimilation integration in personal, associations, as with friends, family, and spouses.
Amalgamation When different ethnic or racial groups become married or pair-bonded and produce children. Since 1960: –Number of black-white married couples has increased fivefold –Number of Asian-white married couples has increased tenfold –Number of Hispanics married to non- Hispanics has tripled