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Sociology 2001 Gremillion LSU


a group of people who share a set of characteristics—typically, but not always, physical ones— and are said to share a common bloodline.


the belief that members of separate races possess different and unequal traits.

Scientific Racisim

nineteenth-century theories of race that characterize a period of feverish investigation into the origins, explanations, and classifications of race.


the belief that one's own culture or group is superior to others and the tendency to view all other cultures from the perspective of one's own.

Ontological Equality

the notion that everyone is created equally in the eyes of god

Social Darwinism

the application of Darwinian ideas to society, namely, the evolutionary "survival of the fittest.


literally meaning "well born," the theory of controlling the fertility of populations to influence inheritable traits passed on from generation to generation


movement to protect and preserve indigenous land or culture from the so-called dangerous and polluting effects of new immigrants.

One-drop rule

the belief that "one drop" of black blood makes a person black, a concept that evolved from U.S. laws forbidding miscegenation


the technical term for multiracial marriage; literally meaning "a mixing of kinds"; it is politically and historically charged—sociologists generally prefer exogamy or outmarriage


the formation of a new racial identity, in which new ideological boundaries of difference are drawn around a formerly unnoticed group of people.


one's ethnic quality or affiliation. It is voluntary, self-defined, nonhierarchal, fluid, and multiple, and is based on cultural differences, not physical ones per se.

Symbolic ethnicity

a nationality, not in the sense of carrying the rights and duties of citizenship but identifying with a past or future nationality. For later generations of white ethnics, something not constraining but easily expressed, with no risks of stigma and all the pleasures of feeling like an individual.

Straight-line assimilation

Robert Parks's 1920 universal and linear model for how immigrants assimilate: first they arrive, then they settle in, and finally they achieve full assimilation in a newly homogenous country.


Clifford Geertz's term to explain the persistence of ethnic ties because they are fixed in deeply felt or primordial ties to one's homeland culture.


the presence and engaged coexistence of numerous distinct groups in one society.


the legal or social practice of separating people on the basis of their race or ethnicity.


The mass killing of a group of people


describes a subordinate, oppressed group of people.

Collective resistance

an organized effort to change a power hierarchy on the part of a less-powerful group in a society.


thoughts and feelings about an ethnic or racial group.


harmful or negative acts (not mere thoughts) against people deemed inferior on the basis of their racial category without regard to their individual merit.


Racial classification based on skull measurements


slums demolished for high value developments, former slum dwellers move to housing projects


Process in which immigrants arrive, settle in, and mimic local behaviors

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