Lesson 9 - SOCIOLOGY 101 On Line

 

AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE THERE ARE 3 ACTION ASSIGNMENTS (ESSAYS) TO BE COMPLETED AND EMAILED TO ME BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

 

CHAPTER 9 Social Structure and Society

 

Study Assignment: Read chapter 9 Sociology 101 by Jon Shepard

 

Chapter 9

 

After careful study of this chapter, you will be able to:

 

  • Distinguish between the concepts of minority, race, and ethnicity.
  • Describe patterns of racial and ethnic relations.
  • Differentiate prejudice from discrimination
  • Illustrate the different view of prejudice and discrimination taken by functionists, conflict theorists, and symbolic interactionists.
  • Describe, relative to the white majority, the condition of minorities in the United States.
  • Describe the increasing racial and ethnic diversity in America.

 

Chapter 9

 

1.      Do you think that both the pattern of assimilation and the pattern of conflict accurately describe the state of racial relations between blacks and whites in America today? State your position using terms and evidence from the text.

2.      Compare and contrast the functionalist and conflict perspective on prejudice and discrimination. Is one a better explanation than the other? Are they complementary? Defend your conclusion.

3.      Taking into account the past and present situation of African Americans in the United States, construct a line of argument for or against affirmative action. Be specific.