Social Construction Of Dominant Culture

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Throughout history, Western civilization societies have engaged in a process in which a dominant culture has presented a fixed definition of reality — “this is the way it is supposed to be.” Surreptitiously, the dominant culture has always manipulated its members through socialization, creating a set of norms that are attached to socially constructed categories such as race, gender, and class. These constructed categories correlate to a set of beliefs around human differences, set in place by the dominant culture, used to organized and control society as well as to validate social, economic, and political inequalities. The social construction of race for example, was not invented until the 18th century as a social mechanism used to reference

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