Selective tradition perpetuates and enforces the ideals of the dominant culture and excludes the traditions and ideas of the past. In “Racial Formation”, the assignment of the term “black” to differentiate between non-white/non-European people from the white Europeans demonstrates selective tradition. The dominant Western European culture created new standards and ideals to be followed and the identities of African and Native Americans were completely transformed. As for “‘Night to His Day’: The Social Construction of Gender”, society’s ideas of what males and females look like and the roles they take on in society “are legitimated by religion, law, science, and the society's entire set of values” (Lorber, 1994, 56).
There are many things that influence how one portrays or performs race. Race is something that cannot be easily, psychically changed, but it is such an important part of one’s identity and can be manipulated based on ever changing surrounding forces. People perform race even within their specified “race” because of the influences of other races around themselves. In Flight of the Japanese Butterfly, Miura was a “modern” woman in her home country of Japan.
Regardless of an individual 's perception of the issue, both sides of the topic demonstrate compelling arguments. There are people who will debate that race is a positive and distinguishing factor in an individual 's character, culture and actions; and those who assert that race is a phenomenal tool, a motivational tool to achieve one 's success in the world. Our race, our heritage is an invisible bond. Many examples exist in history.
Throughout history social scientists have been trying to examine the different parameters of race in terms of phenotypic characteristics, and cultural behaviors regarding the different groups that society construct’s. legally judges have had different rulings regarding the categorization of different ethnicities and groups within the United States. Many philosophers such as Kwame Appiah, and Scientists such as Dr. James Watson have had opposing arguments on the topic of race and whether it exists or not. In order to do so we need to examine the different definitions of race, and analyze them in order to see how race is a social construct, where people’s notions of race and their interactions with different races determine the way they perceive
To begin, the classification of people is unethical and cruel. Wiseman write, “Who and what determine these positions and power plays?” I understand her question exactly who or what are these classifications based upon, where they came from. Judging or assuming one person may have certain tendencies, characteristics, or actions, without knowing them personally is rude. People are most often differentiated by their race.
It’s amazing to see how stereo types have changed over time. Today there are many stereotypes that say that African Americans cannot swim. Dawson stated that hundreds of years ago, the stereotype was African Americans could only swim well because they were closest to animal decent (13). Now a days, there is little talk about the past, and how judgements have changed. Personally, I didn’t know about the past that African Americans were one of the best swimmers.
These stereotypes can become even more believable and allow members of other racial groups to see these characteristics as definite actions of African American
To conclude, racial stereotypes have always existed in society, and probably will always do so. The media is a controls what they want us to see, which is one reason for the widely differing views on its role in creating stereotypical images. The world is changing, though, and in some areas very quickly. In order to put a stop to racial stereotyping, society must indirectly control the media, not vice versa because every chance the media gets they will more than willingly use stereotyping as a tool in the control of society.
Individuals and groups have stereotypes made about them due to people judging them, but in reality they don 't know them personally to be able
Race, nationality and ethnicity Race and ethnicity are seen as form of an individual’s cultural identity. Researchers have linked the concept of “race” to the discourses of social Darwinism that in essence is a categorization of “types” of people, grouping them by biological and physical characteristics, most common one being skin pigmentation. Grouping people based on their physical traits has lead in time to the phenomenon of “racialization” (or race formation), as people began to see race as more of a social construct and not a result or a category of biology.
All Asians are good at math, all blondes are dumb, all Muslims are terrorists - these are all common stereotypes. Without even realizing it, stereotypes have undeniably played an enormous role in individual lives. Minds seem to already set a certain image in them based on the people they encounter. People judge others by their skin tone, ethnicity, and physical appearance unconsciously, and this have been proven by many social experiments. Of course, though these stereotypes might be accurate at times, there are situations where they are completely defied.
Reflection Précis 1, Race and Ethnicity Part I: During the last lecture sessions, Dr. Jendian talked about appreciating diversity, race, ethnicity, and racism. In his lecture, we learned that many people believe that race is something biological. However, the true reality is that race is a social construct and not a biological one. For example, in the documentary Race: The Power of An Illusion, we were able to understand that there are more variations among people in the same “race” than with people from another “race.” However, physical differences, for example, the most obvious skin color, has created prejudices against minority groups.