Racial Identity

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Essay Exam Two: Due November 20, 2012

Choose one of the two questions. Examine the syllabus for exam format and expectations. You should be very specific about the terms and concepts mentioned in your book and in the readings for the unit.

1. While we understand that race is a social classification and not a biological one, it is still a very meaningful concept to most people in America. I would like for you to discuss your own race/ethnic identity in this essay.  Be sure to incorporate the concepts from the readings: stereotypes , racial and ethnic inequality, discrimination and prejudice, white privilege, etc. Answer some of these question within your essay. Again look for a good ‘hook’ and a clear thesis for your essay. W

hat is your racial/ethnic identity? When and how did you become aware of this identity? What role has it played in your life? How does it affect you in your social activities? How does it affect you in your school? How does it affect you in your community? In what ways do you benefit from this identity? In what ways do you suffer or miss out because of this identity?

2. Macionis suggests that gender and gender identity are not core realities as much as they are performances that we all partake in. Is gender nothing more than a “performance?” What are the implications of this view for how we see gender? The social construction of gender often emphasizes or exaggerates gender differences and translates them into gender inequality. What examples or evidence do you see that supports or refutes this argument? You should be very specific about the terms and concepts mentioned in your book. Be sure to incorporate the concepts from the readings: sex vs. gender, sexism, sex roles, Patriarchy, Glass Ceiling, the Second Shift, institutionalized sexism, feminism, etc. Answer some of these question within your essay exam. Again look for a good ‘hook’ and a clear thesis for your essay.
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