Hierarchical Structures and Social Value: The Creation of Black and Irish Identities in the United States

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Cambridge University Press, 30 de nov. de 1990 - 190 páginas
Through a combination of theoretical and historical analysis, the author develops the thesis that the concepts of "race" and "ethnicity" are socially constructed. With case studies of the incorporation of Blacks and Irish immigrants into the social structure of the United States, Richard Williams demonstrates that the social values that have been placed on these groups result from their placement into specific labor categories rather than from attributes inherent to the groups. The author first analyzes the process by which the social identities of Blacks and Irish developed in their native lands. Turning to an analysis of the social structure in the United States at the nation's founding, he argues that the society was hierarchical from its inception and that Black slave laborers and Irish wage laborers were demanded to fill positions created by that hierarchical structure. The conceptions of their racial and ethnic identities developed through a transfer of the value assigned to their social positions to the groups themselves. Racial and ethnic identities represent, the book argues, the legitimization of social stratification based on power relations.
 

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Historical structures and social marks as systems
15
The hierarchical context of the creation of the United
24
Structural slots and identity creation in seventeenth
35
The logic of a trade in humans
59
The creation of the slave labor slot in Virginia
77
The United States on the eve of mass migration from
88
Ireland
101
The Great Famine and forced emigration
116
Racial and ethnic social values the formation
131
Notes
148
Bibliography
170
Index
183
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