Study Questions For Race And Ethnicity

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PRE MIDTERM STUDY QUESTIONS Discussion Questions: Reader for Race and Ethnicity, 3rd edition Chapter 3: Katzman 1. How does Katzman distinguish between nationality and ethnicity? 2. Explain the roles of politics and mythology in manufacturing nationality. What examples does Katzman offer? Chapter 4: Davis 1. What does disagreement over whether or not Mexicans constitute a race say about the term (i.e. about “race”)? 2. There are those who prefer to describe themselves as “Hispanic” rather than “Latino.” What does this have to do with racial privilege, and how does this lend insight into the dynamic between race and social hierarchy? 3. How does ethnic identity change according to location and time? Chapter 5: Gimenez 1. Why does Gimenez have a problem with the term “minority group?” 2. Gimenez argues that “labels distort reality and create false perceptions which deepen the ignorance of the average person about…’real’ culture”(21). What examples does she provide? Why do labels hide more than they reveal? 3. What is her criticism of the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino/Latina?” What will happen if these definitions are not challenged? Chapter 6: Blauner 1. What is the significance of language for Blauner? What does he mean by his statement that “there are two languages of race in America” (26)? 2. Blauner uses several terms: “prejudice,” “discrimination,” “institutional racism,” “racism as atmosphere,” and “racism as result.” How does Blauner define these terms? What is the relationship of “prejudice’ and “discrimination” to the latter three terms? 3. Discuss how the definition of racism has changed over time, and the different ways whites and blacks perceive racism. 4. How does Blauner relate colonialism to a modern racial hierarchy? 5. Discuss the reasons why Blauner believes “European-American” should
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