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Race and Ethnicity in Society - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
The video lessons in this Race and Ethnicity in Society chapter examine the origins of prejudice as well as the cultural issues facing various ethnic groups in America. When you have watched these lessons, you should have increased your knowledge of:
- Social identity and conflict theories as they relate to prejudice
- The distinguishing traits and characteristics of minorities
- The importance of 'whiteness' studies
|Race and Ethnicity Definitions: Social Minority vs. Social Majority||Explore the contrasts between ethnicity and race.|
|Prejudice, Discrimination and Stereotypes: Definitions and Examples||Learn to distinguish between these concepts, and discuss institutional versus individual discrimination.|
|Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins||Explain authoritarian personality and the scapegoat theory.|
|Interactions Between Social Majorities and Minorities||Discuss segregation, genocide, assimilation and pluralism.|
|Concept of 'Whiteness' in America: Evolution and Categories||Learn about the categories associated with white Americans, and discover how the 'whiteness' concept has shifted over time.|
|Native Americans in the U.S.: History, Heritage and Cultural Issues||Read about the early history and stereotypes of Native Americans.|
|African Americans in the U.S.: History, Heritage and Cultural Issues||Explore the origins of African Americans in the United States.|
|Asian Americans in the U.S.: History, Heritage and Cultural Issues||Discover the heritage of Asian Americans in this country.|
|WASPs in the U.S.: History, Heritage and Cultural Issues||Read about the special issues of WASPs in the United States.|
|Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S.: History, Heritage and Cultural Issues||Explore the early history of Hispanics and Latinos in America.|
|Arab Americans in the U.S.: History, Heritage and Cultural Issues||Learn about the special issues, stereotypes and heritage of Arab Americans in the United States.|
1. 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.
2. Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples
There are many different types of people in the world. What happens when one person thinks or feels a certain way about an entire group of people? Watch this lesson to find out about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Concept of 'Whiteness' in America: Evolution & Categories
Whiteness is a complicated (and often poorly defined) concept that has begun to gain attention in America. In this lesson, you will learn how to define whiteness and explore some of the ways that it has evolved over time.
6. African Americans in the U.S.: History, Heritage & Cultural Issues
There are several ethnic minority groups in the United States. This lesson explores the African American experience, from the trans-Atlantic slave trade through the Civil Rights Movement, even delving into some of today's most significant cultural issues.
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