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    Hello.
    I'm a first year undergrad anthropolgy student and have been set an essay question. It is :
    Is race a natural or a social category? Dicuss using ethnographic examples.


    Basically, I'm completely stuck on how to structure it and what resources to use. I know i need a section on both race as a natural category and race as a social one. BUt the ethnographic examples? I was thinking nazis but I haven't a clue how to go about linking it to the question.

    Any content, structuring or resource suggestions would be received very gratefully

    thankyou in advance
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    (Original post by below_the_belt)
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    I'd imagine that it is a combination of both. Clearly there are different races, ie, caucasian, mongoloid, african etc, but sociologically and historically, different ethnicities have emerged as a result of political, regional or religious schisms. Examples include hitler and his partisanship of Germanic and nordic races over slavic, gypsy and jewish people, even though broadly speaking, they are all caucasian in race - a clear example of politics "creating" new races/ethnicities.

    The Bosniaks and Croats were looked upon differently by the orthodox Serbs, even though they were all Slavs.
 
 
 
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