Delta State University
Sociology 101
Spring Semester 2003

Study Questions
Henslin Text, Chapter 9

(1)  What is the difference between race and ethnicity?  What does it mean to say race and ethnicity are social constructs?

(2)  Identify two cultural myths generally held about race.  Why do these myths exist?  What evidence do we have to counter these myths?

(3)  What is a minority group?  What is a dominant group?  What differentiates the two?

(4)  What factors generate ethnic identity?  Why do some groups feel a strong ethnic identity, while other groups do not?

(5)  What is meant by prejudice, discrimination and racism?  What is the difference between individual and institutional discrimination?  How can we recognize or identify institutional discrimination?

(6)  Contrast the functionalist, conflict and symbolic interactionists perspectives on prejudice.

(7)  Identify six patterns that structure relations between dominant and minority groups.  Explain what conditions might produce each type of relationship.

(8)  How do relations between the dominant group and various racial/ethnic minorities in the United States (African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans) differ?  Which of the 6 general patterns best describes relations between the dominant group and each of these groups?  Explain.

(9)  Do you think affirmative action has been a successful policy in the U.S.?  What evidence supports your position?  Do you think we should continue with affirmative actions programs in the future?  Why or why not?

(10)  What is meant by the term multiculturalism?  Is the U.S. a multicultural society?  Why or why not?

(11)  What are six qualities that characterize a stereotype?  What role do stereotypes play in the construction of racial hierarchies?  Of racial identities?