How Race Is Socially Constructed And Gender

1464 WordsMay 10, 20176 Pages
In sociology, many people talk about how race is socially constructed and gender isn’t some binary concept. Why then are such variables currently having such a vocal effect on society and why are they deemed so important when classifying people with data like in a census? First, there’s a difference between theory and reality and while I would like to say nobody should be judged on any of the factors that are decided regardless of their choices, they play too much of a part to ignore. And second, even if these aspects of who someone is are socially constructed, that doesn’t mean these aspects aren’t real factors and should be ignored. Data exists, and it’s up to sociologists to determine what it means, even if there are factors linking…show more content…
The school I went to was tiny. In grade school, our class had around twenty-five kids and over the years dwindled to a graduating class of nine. It had to be the least diverse institution I’ve ever been to. I had several Hispanic and Latino classmates, but at least ninety percent of the class was white. There was not a single teacher who wasn’t Caucasian. Maybe I didn’t miss out on any aspect of my education because I have no other perspective to view this from, but it’s my assumption that my worldview is lacking the diversity f So, simply put I have had very few encounters with race-related issues or any ingression of racism in my life. This small and inaccurate representation of society I experienced failed to bring out curiosity in other people’s situations, and how the effects of racial conflict could affect the relationships of people who would otherwise have no reason to have any hostility towards one another If you follow my family tree back far enough, you find a smattering of Irish and Swedish immigrants. Despite this, I’ve never had any sort of symbolic ethnicity identifying with either group. Maybe it 's commonplace among fourth or so generation immigrants, but the only culture I’ve known was that of the America I grew up in. My great-grandparents are still alive, and my great-grandpa on my mother’s side fought in the Korean War. Many of these types of immigrants
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