Explain the assertion that race is a social construct. What elements of social structure play a part in the construction of race?

(norms, roles, groups)

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  • 1 year ago
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    A social construct is an idea that many people believe in. Monogamy is a social construct. Gender norms are a social construct, as they vary from place to place depending upon culture.

    The word race originally meant our people or those people or referred to breeds, as in a race of horses. It was the Spanish Inquisition that decided that Jews were heretics by birth - thatt hey had impure blood. This was the first group identified in such a way. This new idea was an extremely convenient way to justify the oppression and enslavement of vast numbers of people. No longer were foreign pagan people people to be converted, but animals to be enslaved. The ideology latched onto physical differences. Kinky hair wasn't just a variant of human hair, it was wool or fur. Black skin wasn't just exotic (as it was in the Greco Roman world), but an indication of an evil nature.

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  • k w
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    what class are you taking ?

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    It's not a social construct, I can physically see when someone is black or white.

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