Conceptual Frameworks

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Question 3 Throughout the majority of history in the United States and to this present day, “race” has been an issue. It causes hostility and disagreements amongst individuals due to their perceptions of what truly is. By definition, race assumes that a particular ethnic group obtains a biological basis (Kottak & Kozaitis, 2012). There are different opinions of what race is from a biological perspective or a social perspective. Furthermore, there are certain circumstances were using “race” is acceptable to analyze diversity and identity.
From a biological viewpoint, race is the subdivision of a species, whether it be through racial classification or by understanding specific differences with each individual. By determining one’s
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An example of a well-known conceptual framework that is used to categorize these differences is a census. For example, the United States has classified people by race through a census since 1790 (Kottak & Kozaitis, 2012). On the census, people are asked to classify their race. This gives us a sense of how many people from various backgrounds are living in different geographical locations. There are some strengths and weaknesses with this type of conceptual framework. For instance, a strength would be that this is useful to categorize by racial classification forr statistics and geographical purposes. On the contrary, there is a problem with this particular conceptual framework. On the census, they want to add the classification “multiracial” for those born of various races. The label “multiracial” has caused an issue with the National Association for the Association of Colored People and La Raza. They feared that if individuals were to identify themselves with this label, the perceived number of blacks and Hispanics would decrease. Thus, congressional districting would be redrawn smaller to fit the smaller amount of minority people left and there would be insufficient funding for

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