SOCI 007B. Introduction to Race and Ethnicity in the United States


Today, most sociologists and anthropologists acknowledge that race is a social construct and not a biologically measurable and discrete category. Although race does not exist in any consistent physiological way, it remains a central aspect of personal and cultural identity, often standing in for the concept of culture or ethnicity and usually connoted by physically identifiable (or marked) difference. Race is also one of the most significant predictors of quality of life for groups and individuals in the United States. With this in mind, we will examine the concepts of race and its history in the United States. Paying particular attention to the legacy of white supremacy in the United States, we will explore the multiple ways that race and ethnicity function in this country.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Eligible for BLST
Spring 2022. Johnson, Veras.
Fall 2023. Johnson.
Catalog chapter: Sociology and Anthropology  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/sociology-anthropology


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