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SOC121 Virgin Islands What Biological Traits May Be Used in Defining Race HW

SOC121

Question Description

I’m studying for my Sociology class and need an explanation.

1. Answer all four (4) questions completely.

2. Answers should be typewritten, double space, using font p: Times New Roman #12

3. Before you answer, provide reader with the question.

4. Each answer should be AT LEAST a page long but can be as it takes you to answer the question fully.


QUESTIONS:

1. EXPLAIN THE ASSERTION MADE IN THE TEXT THAT RACE IS SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED. THAT IS, EXPLAIN WHAT BIOLOGICAL TRAITS MAY BE USED IN DEFINING RACE, BUT WHY A BIOLOGICAL APPROACH CANNOT EXPLAIN THE REALITY OF RACE IN THE UNITED STATES. PROVIDE EXAMPLES TO ILLUSTRATE YOUR ARGUMENTS.

2. STATE THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF TWO KINDS OF ECONOMIC SYSTEMS: CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM. HOW DO THESE SYSTEMS COMPARE IN TERMS OF (A) OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY, (B) RESULTING ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, AND (C) RESULTING POLITICAL FREEDOM. HOW IS WELFARE CAPITALISM AN EFFORT TO COMBINE BENEFITS OF BOTH SYSTEMS?

3. SUMMARIZE THE MAJOR ARGUMENTS OF THE THREE MODELS OF POLITICAL POWER. WHAT DO THE THREE MODELS HAVE IN COMMON? WHAT ARE THEIR MAJOR DIFFERENCES? TO WHAT EXTENT DOES EACH ASSESS U.S. SOCIETY AS DEMOCRATIC? WHY?

4.HOW RELIGIOUS IS THE UNITED STATES? OBVIOUSLY, THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION DEPENDS ON PRECISELY ONE MEASURES “RELIGIOSITY.” DISCUSS VARIOUS WAYS TO DO THIS AND HOW THEY YIELD SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT PICTURES OF RELIGIOSITY.


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SOC 121 Written Assignment

1. EXPLAIN THE ASSERTION MADE IN THE TEXT THAT RACE IS SOCIALLY
CONSTRUCTED. THAT IS, EXPLAIN WHAT BIOLOGICAL TRAITS MAY BE
USED IN DEFINING RACE, BUT WHY A BIOLOGICAL APPROACH CANNOT
EXPLAIN THE REALITY OF RACE IN THE UNITED STATES. PROVIDE
EXAMPLES TO ILLUSTRATE YOUR ARGUMENTS.
Race is considered to be socially constructed. That is, the race is socially constructed group
of people sharing biologically transmitted traits considered important by the members of the
society (Macionis 2017: 348). Therefore, biological traits such as body shape, texture of the air,
skin color, and facial features can be used in defining race (Macionis 2017: 348). To show that
race is based on biologically inherited traits, race started with human ancestors because of
different biological locations they lived. For instance, humans started to develop darker skin as a
way of protecting themselves from the sun (Macionis 2017: 348). However, regions with
moderate climate have people with lighter skins. Such differences are only based on skin color,
but humans are a member of the same biological species.
Although race-based on biological traits are characteristic to specific areas of settlement,
people of different biological states are currently scattered all over the world. This is because of
migration (Macionis 2017: 348). Such migration can be used to explain witnessed population
mix in places such as the Middle East. It is based on these population mix that race can be
defined differently.
Consequently, biological traits cannot be used to explain the reality of race in the United
States (US). Thus, race is a socially constructed concept. Although people differ in terms of...

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