Sociology Of Our Times By Diana Kendall And The Meaning Of Sociology By Charon And Vigilant
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In both of our textbooks Sociology in Our Times by Diana Kendall and The Meaning of Sociology by Charon and Vigilant, I really focused on the chapter about race and ethnicity. The readings had two sections related to the same discussion, one about race, wealth and ethnicity and another about how children who are born immigrants having to learn how to adapt to their “normal” identity in society. Other topics of prejudice, discrimination, and sociological perspectives were interesting and helped gain more knowledge about the chapter. In Sociology in Our Times, Kendall informs us about race and how it is defined in the world. Some recognize the term race to identify someone’s color of skin, religion, nationality, or the entire human species. But social scientists and others, believe that it is more than “genetics” and are trying to prove that it has a true meaning. Kendall also compared ethnic groups apart from race as referring to one’s cultural background and national origin. Ethnic groups can be distinguished by themselves or by others and are divided into five characteristics. The main topics in both readers spiraled off the chapter but showed a little history and used other terms like racial inequality, economic growth, wealthy inequality, immigration, and social mirroring. The readings give us extra background knowledge to help support the task given.
Race and ethnicity have a great social significance because how humans will react to the terms that will affect people’s