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•Explain why race and ethnicity should be defining terms about an individual
Any individual can identify themselves on a myriad of levels: in a personal sense, a social sense, on an ethnic, cultural, spiritual or religious basis and by way of their moral values. [ As a consequence, identities can be seen as flexible or even conflicting (cited in Bhavnani and Phoenix 1994), with no one person’s identity being the same as another, and each person having their own
unique mix of allegiances (Richardson and Wood 2000). In order for any individual to feel valued all of these separate themes need to be acknowledged. Cummins suggests, 2 Wendy Campbell 10014139 therefore proposing that shared understanding of a student’s perspectives is critical to the approval of their personal identity. Furthermore, the negotiation of an individual’s identity has far reaching effects for their sense of self and both personal and social aspirations. Ethnicity refers to a collection or nation of people who are more than a mere collective group but an aggregate consciously related by common origins and shared experiences. Incorporated into a group’s ethnicity is a distinct language, religious beliefs and political institutions which are passed down generations. (Cashmore, 1984). Similarly Madge (2001) considers a list of requirements that embodies ethnicity which include country of origin, society, aspects of skin colour and culture. However Meighan and Siraj – Blatchford (2003) argue that everyone has an ethnic and cultural identity but often the term ‘ethnic’ is used to objectify a minority group or as a Meighan and Siraj – Blatchford (2003) also remind us that there is no scientific foundation for defining the human races, that the variation within the human population is bigger than between; humans are in fact therefore more homogenous that any other species. ]
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User: there is a growing trend of people in the U.S. identifying themselves as biracial. Discuss the sociological implications of this trend.

User: •Explain why race and ethnicity should be defining terms about an individual



Weegy: Any individual can identify themselves on a myriad of levels: in a personal sense, a social sense, on an ethnic, cultural, spiritual or religious basis and by way of their moral values. [ As a consequence, identities can be seen as flexible or even conflicting (cited in Bhavnani and Phoenix 1994), with no one person’s identity being the same as another, and each person having their own unique mix of allegiances (Richardson and Wood 2000). In order for any individual to feel valued all of these separate themes need to be acknowledged. Cummins suggests, 2 Wendy Campbell 10014139 therefore proposing that shared understanding of a student’s perspectives is critical to the approval of their personal identity. Furthermore, the negotiation of an individual’s identity has far reaching effects for their sense of self and both personal and social aspirations. Ethnicity refers to a collection or nation of people who are more than a mere collective group but an aggregate consciously related by common origins and shared experiences. Incorporated into a group’s ethnicity is a distinct language, religious beliefs and political institutions which are passed down generations. (Cashmore, 1984). Similarly Madge (2001) considers a list of requirements that embodies ethnicity which include country of origin, society, aspects of skin colour and culture. However Meighan and Siraj – Blatchford (2003) argue that everyone has an ethnic and cultural identity but often the term ‘ethnic’ is used to objectify a minority group or as a Meighan and Siraj – Blatchford (2003) also remind us that there is no scientific foundation for defining the human races, that the variation within the human population is bigger than between; humans are in fact therefore more homogenous that any other species. ]
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