How do other languages (non-English) express the scientific term 'race?' vs the colloquial?
In taxonomic terms, the word "race" is 90% used as a misnomer in US discourse. This is rooted in "Social Darwinism," or contemporary racist applications of seminal evolution concepts. This colors verbiage across the sciences, especially the social sciences. To wit, the term 'racism' is in fact based on a dehumanizing paradigm.
So, um, how does this shake out elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah
on Mar 11, 2013 -
Hello, I'm having some difficulty getting a conclusive answer to the question of which is more "proper" grammatically and in academia. When referring to "blacks" and "whites" in society, I used to write them without quotes until a professor corrected me. However, when I use quotes now, some people disagree. Could you all help me find the correct usage? Professors explanation inside... [more inside]
posted by Knigel
on Mar 10, 2013 -
I am of one race/ethnicity; my partner is of another. No kids. How will adopting a child from a third background impact him/her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 30, 2013 -
Does anyone know the origin of why, in California schools, the state has a a separate ethnic classification of "Filipino" yet major ethnicities like Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans are lumped into an "Asian" subgroup? [more inside]
posted by jaimev
on Oct 24, 2012 -
Identity crisis filter: ethnicity edition. Did you grow up one ethnicity, and choose another later in life? Do you identify with one ethnicity over another, even though both are in your lineage? Did you deny your ethnicity throughout life, then later claim it?
I need some help working through my ethnicity self-identification, also in the ways of culture appropriation. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate
on Mar 8, 2012 -
I'm trying to find some rather specific demographic information about Asian-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s and I'm not having much luck. Perhaps you could offer some assistance? [more inside]
posted by chara
on Mar 15, 2011 -
Is it legal for employers (specifically schools and government employees) to require race and ethnicity to be reported?
It was my understanding that providing such information was always voluntary, but a friend who works for a high school just told me he was required to provide the information, and that if he didn't self report it, the school was required to report it based on what other employees thought.
Is that legal? When did it become legal to require information that was previously required to be voluntary only?
posted by tonyx3
on Jan 21, 2011 -
What are the most appropriate terms for referring to couples of mixed race/ethnicity? Multicultural? Mixed Race? Bicultural? Multiethnic? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast
on Jun 8, 2009 -
Seeking advice and shared experiences from other people who are not attracted to people from their same racial/ethnic/national identity. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 21, 2009 -
I'm a straight, white, upper middle class male. I'm aware that this automatically means I generally have an easier time than people with a different sexuality/race/class/gender. That said, I'm probably unaware of what these benefits are.
What does this 'privileged' status do for me that I don't even notice? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen
on May 29, 2008 -
WHTZ Z100 filter: What ethnicity is John Bell of the radio station, Z100, in New York? [more inside]
posted by carpyful
on Nov 14, 2007 -
More American urban sociology:
I live in a city with a diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures. How come the only people I ever see begging for spare change are either white or black? Why do I never see asians or hispanics begging? Is this a real cultural phenomenon, or am I just making false conclusions based on a too-small sample size? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid
on Apr 21, 2006 -
Say that interethnic breeding has created a homogenous-looking mixed-race human species in the far-flung future. What kind of effect would this have on biodiversity? [more inside]
posted by chrominance
on Apr 14, 2006 -
I've noticed many hispanic youths in my neighborhood making use of their cellphone's "walkie talkie" feature. I have seen only a handful blacks doing this, and no whites or asians.
Also, I've noticed several whites using their cellphones in a "hands free" fashion, employing some sort of earpiece/microphone. However, I have seen no blacks, asians, or hispanics doing this.
So my question - are these real trends, or false conclusions based on my limited experience?
posted by kenoshakid
on Mar 13, 2006 -