Winner, Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Historical Association A microcosm of exaggerated societal extremes—poverty and wealth, vice and virtue, elitism and equality—New Orleans is a tangled web of race, cultural mores, and sexual identities. Jennifer M. Spear brings together archival evidence from three different languages and the most recent and respected scholarship on racial formation and interracial sex to explain why free people of color became a significant population in the early days of New Orleans and to show how authorities attempted to use concepts of race and social hierarchy to impose order on a decidedly disorderly society.
Like other forms of categorization, social class is an enduring feature of American society. While social class status has a direct bearing on access and opportunity, social stratification also carries with it a psychological component that is now receiving more attention in the literature. As such, this chapter provides a review of social class as a psychological construct and explores the intersection between social class and racial-ethnic identity.
T he racketing, increasingly rancorous question for media debate this autumn is a headbanger. Where do you draw the diversity line? Should the balance of your broadcasting or newsroom staff reflect the balance of society at large?
Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Using data from magnetic resonance imaging MRIautopsy, endocranial measurements, and other techniques, we show that 1 brain size is correlated with cognitive ability about. Brain size and cognitive ability show a curvilinear relation with age, increasing to young adulthood and then decreasing; increasing from women to men; increasing with socioeconomic status; and increasing from Africans to Europeans to Asians.
Social status is the relative level of respect, honor, assumed competence, and deference accorded to people, groups, and organizations in a society. As such, people use status hierarchies to allocate resources, leadership positions, and other forms of power. In doing so, these shared cultural beliefs make unequal distributions of resources and power appear natural and fair, supporting systems of social stratification.
Just as sex, drugs and rock and roll were fetishized in the s, so do we now do the same with sex, race and social roles and their impact upon the health of individuals and populations. The result is that we often tend to reify these concepts and use them without exploring their content or their meaning in different contexts. The point I would like to make is that these three important attributes of individuals do not bear a constant relationship to health and disease.
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This session explores questions about the role of race and ethnicity, sex and gender, and social class in our society as a whole and in the Society of Friends. You may like to invite members of the group to say their names and share either why they have chosen to attend this study session, or something they are leaving behind to be with the group. It is also often helpful to say something about why you have chosen to offer this study session and what interests you about the content.
If unsure of what language to use, consult with your professor, classmates, and current academic readings in the discipline. The concepts of race and ethnicity are two ways that humans classify each other, often to define and distinguish differences. These classifications are highly complicated; sometimes they are used for positive reasons and other times not.