Racism book review - Brym & Lie, 2013
The society dictates social interactions among its members. For example, some cultures eat snakes while this is totally unacceptable in other cultures. Other aspects of cultural interaction include nature of interactions between two people from different races (Brym & Lie, 2013). For example, when there are limiting conditions in different cultures, the problem of racism becomes bigger. For example, in present-day the world, there is a inclination for people to marry from their race. This social condition may be unconscious, but it strains relationship between people from different cultures. This view emerged after biological proofs to racial superiority were disputed and the problems associated with racism still existed (Brym & Lie, 2013).
In the book by Brym and Lie, there are examples of changes with change in time, space and circumstances. For example, the example of the changes that affected the Jewish immigrants is an example. Perception about inferiority of their race changed when they scored better scores in IQ scores. In addition, the suggestion that racism affect different societies differently implies that it changes in time and circumstances. For example, in Americans n the American society, African Americans are attributed to criminal activities. This attribute affects their social interaction. For example, whites perceive black neighborhoods as insecure. Therefore, when too many black people live in one area, the white population avoids that area, sometimes with no racial bias.
[...] An example socially constructed factors, according to Brym & Lie is Race. The perception of race by the society affects a person's chances of success. For example, the recent construct that the lowest IQ students were African American resulted to reduced budgets for schools where these children are educated. The result is that they are bound to remain academically and economically inferior because of this perception. Brym & Lie gives the example of a change in Jewish fortunes to justify this point. [...]
[...] Brym and Lie propose that the view of other people in the society affect all aspects of life (Brym & Lie, 2013). For example, the perception of people to a person as African American or Asian is bound to affect the wealth and health of the person. For this reason, the concept of race is used in sociological studies because it is an important tool of analyzing the differences between people by virtue of social differences as opposed to physical differences (Brym & Lie, 2013). [...]
[...] For example, negative attitudes towards members of a certain race affect their access to social resources and thus their social mobility. For example, Brym and Lie give the example of a reduced budget allocation for areas that mainly educate African Americans. These reductions are bound to have an effect on them for many years to come (Brym & Lie, 2013). References Brym, R. J., & Lie, J. (2013). Sociology: pop culture to social structure (3rd ed.). Australia: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. [...]
[...] In addition, they propose that the intellectual differences that exist between people in different social classes are a function of these classes as opposed to lower intelligence (Brym & Lie, 2013). For example, the case of Jewish intelligence rising after their social classes rose is an example. Brym and Lie propose that the view of other people in the society affect all aspects of life (Brym & Lie, 2013). For example, the perception of people to a person as African American or Asian is bound to affect the wealth and health of the person. Space, where one lives also affects the perception of race. [...]
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