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Influences on Gender, Race & Culture - Chapter Summary
This comprehensive chapter covers influences on culture, gender and race. Our engaging video lessons cover topics that include the characteristics and preferences of gender and sex in society as well as the impact socialization has on gender. You'll also look at ethnic competition, prejudice and cultural evolution. After you complete these lessons, you should be ready to:
- Outline theoretical analyses of sexuality and gender
- Differentiate between a social minority and a social majority and detail their interactions
- Explain how ethnicities are transformed into nationalities
- Define ethnic domination, competition and division
- Detail theories on the origins of prejudice
- Discuss the words of Julian Steward in the field of cultural ecology in anthropology
- Explain cultural evolution in anthropology
These learning materials take the stress out of getting ready to take a test or finishing a challenging homework assignment. Our video lessons are self-paced, and you can review them as many times as you need. The video tabs feature makes it easy to skip ahead to a specific section of a video. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to an instructor for help.
1. Sex and Gender in Society: Differences, Preferences & Characteristics
You might think you know everything about the differences between boys and girls, but this lesson covers less commonly understood topics. After defining sex vs. gender, it covers less common sexual identities, such as intersexed and transgender individuals. In addition, theories on sexual orientation are covered, including both categorical and continuum perspectives of sexual interest.
2. The Impact of Socialization on Gender
The following lesson covers how boys and girls are taught how to be boys and girls and where and by whom they are taught this behavior. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.
3. Theoretical Analyses of Sexuality
The following lesson explores the different views on the place that sexual feelings and attitudes have in our society. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
4. Theoretical Analyses of Gender
The following lesson discusses the role that gender and expected behavior from men and women play in our society. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
5. Race and Ethnicity Definitions: Social Minority vs. Social Majority
This lesson introduces concepts important to understanding race and ethnicity. First, a distinction is made between 'race' and 'ethnicity.' Next, the idea of a social minority is defined, along with distinction and subordination. Finally, U.S. trends regarding minority influence are outlined.
6. Interactions Between Social Majorities and Minorities
The world is a diverse place full of all sorts of people. In this lesson, we'll examine the effects of pluralism and what happens when people from different backgrounds interact, including segregation, genocide, assimilation, and miscegenation.
7. Transforming Ethnicities into Nationalities
This lesson will discuss the process of how ethnicities transform into nationalities. In doing this, it will highlight the concepts of self-determination, nation-states, centripetal force, and ethnographic boundaries.
8. Ethnic Competition, Division & Domination
This lesson will explore the concepts of ethnicity in reference to ethnic competition, division, and domination. It will also highlight the atrocity of ethnic cleansing.
9. Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins
Why do some people dislike entire groups of people? What causes prejudice? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the theories about what makes people prejudiced, including scapegoat theory, authoritarian personality, and culture theory.
10. Cultural Ecology in Anthropology: The Works of Julian Steward
This lesson will explain the field of cultural ecology. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Julian Steward and the theories of unilinear and multilinear evolution.
11. Cultural Evolution in Anthropology
This lesson will seek to explain the history of cultural evolution within anthropology. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Tylor and Morgan as well as the concepts of diffusion and survivals.
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Other chapters within the DSST General Anthropology: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Fundamental Concepts in Anthropology
- Anthropological Perspectives
- Physical Anthropology Fundamentals
- Basic Principles in Archaeology
- Cultural Systems & Processes
- Principles of Language & Communication
- Principles of Social Organization
- Economic & Political Organization
- Fundamentals of Religious Studies
- Modernization & the Future of Anthropology
- DSST Informational Resources
- DSST General Anthropology Flashcards