Sociology-Race and Ethnicity  Discussion

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Sociology-Race and Ethnicity  Discussion

Sociology-Race and Ethnicity  Discussion

“We are only as blind as we want to be”

– use this quote and how after this taking this class you truly understood what it means.

CELEBRATION PAPER (35 points). This two-page* paper (500 words minimum) is a reflection and celebration of what you have learned from the class and is due on the day of the Final. Pick some of the more interesting, important and helpful things you learned about race/ethnic relations and reflect on the following questions: Have you changed any of your thinking or behavior because of this class?

Has your interaction with others been altered? What was the most important, meaningful, or helpful part of this class? What aspects of the course meant the most or stretched your mind the most? Explain why these phenomena are interesting, important, or helpful to you. Is there something you think that you will take with you and have in your life a year from now? Five or more years from now? How will this impact your life? Will your relationships with others or with the community and larger society be different? Has the way you feel about yourself now changed from how you felt before this class? If so, how? What do you wish for yourself, for your fellow classmates, for your society? These personal reflections are an important part of who you are.

Different things discussed in class

Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis (lecture)
Cooley’s Looking Glass Self (lecture)
False Consciousness (Marx in Loewen)
The Social Construction of Race (race as a “social concept,” not a biological concept) (Reference the PBS video we watched in class, Race: The Power of An Illusion [], lecture, and Omi & Winant)
The context for the emergence of racial classification systems (Loewen; Feagin, Ch. 3)
Thomas Theorem/Axiom (lecture)
Cognitive Dissonance (Loewen)
The four types of participants in racist rituals (Feagin)
Ethnocentrism (lecture)
Minority (Ch. 1 in American Ethnicity)
Prejudice vs. Discrimination (Ch. 1 in American Ethnicity)
Institutional Discrimination (Ch. 1 in American Ethnicity)
Allport’s Theory of Contact (lecture)
Why is it fair to say that racism is a “white” problem? (Loewen, pp.160-161, & Feagin)
Cultural Pluralism (mosaic/salad bowl) vs. Assimilation (2 sub-theories: Anglo conformity vs. melting pot)(Jendian)
Dr. J’s dissertation thesis (Jendian)
The future of ethnicity in America (Ch. 9 in Feagin and Ch. 9 in American Ethnicity)
Demographic trends of different ethnic groups

The “Latinoization” of America

Predictions about inter-ethnic relations

What are examples of what individuals can do about racism?What can you do about racism?What are you likely to do and why? (Ch. 9 in Feagin & Online Readings for Final)
EADING: “Racial Formations” by Omi and Winant (1998)EADING: “Racial Formations” by Omi and Winant (1998)EADING: “Racial Formations” by Omi and Winant (1998)

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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