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cultural characteristics that distinguish a group of people ( this is what makes us different)
minority group - a group singled out for unequal treatment and who regard themselves as objects of collective discrimination
How does a minority group become such a group
through cultural and physical characteristics not valued by the dominant group
How to construct ethnic identity
1. influenced by group size and power 2. if a group is relatively small, has little power and is the object of discrimination
(Emory Bogardus) social distance
how closely people are willing to interact with members of a particular category
Scapegoat theory (conflict theory, also Theory of Prejudice)
person or category of people typically with little power who people unfairly blame for their own faults
the social environment can be delibrately arranged to generate positive or negative fellings about people (in group, out group)
What two ways do the elite keep workers divided?
they keep workers insecure and by maintaining racial & ethical conflict divisions
Conflict theorist says?
The elite keep people fighting amongst our self over race issues when we should be fighting those at the top together
seeing certain features of an object or situation but remaining blind to others
attempted or actual systematic annihilation of a race or ethinic group that has been labelled less than human
societies policy of exploiting a minority by using social institutions to deny access to full benefits (medicaid &medicare)
dominant group prohibits minority group from practicing religion, language, and customs
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