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Legacies of History - Ethnic Movements in the US - Lecture Notes

Lecture Notes, Ethnic Movements

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Legacies of History, Structures of Inequality, Race, Prejudice and Stereotypes, Consequence of Structure, Themes of Assimilation/Integration vs. Separation, White Anti-racists are points from this lecture handout.
Legacies of History, Structures of Inequality, Race, Prejudice and Stereotypes, Consequence of Structure, Themes of Assimilation/Integration vs. Separation, White Anti-racists are points from this lecture handout.
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Sociology 220 Last Day Comments/Themes I. Legacies of history A. Structures of inequality are created by past struggles, perpetuate themselves B. Today's politics & issues are shaped by past politics & issues C. "Race" is a problem in the US because it was the major axis along which the country was defined and constructed II. Structures, not individual attitudes, are the key issue A. Prejudice & stereotypes are individual attitudes. These are endemic to humanity, a consequence of ignorance, media images, AND the structures of society. ALL racial/ethnic groups exhibit prejudice & stereotyping. B. Attitudes are a consequence of structure. E.g. White segregation –> White ignorance; structures of White domination –> sense of entitlement among Whites. C. Attitudes change in response to structures. E.g. as women become more common in management, men's "problems" with taking orders from women decline. D. Education to change attitudes has limited benefit unless structures can be changed E...

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