October 1, 2021
useful to think of ethnic boundaries as structures
They are often durable because:
But: there is a tension between ethnic boundaries and ethnic identification (Wimmer)
we can resolve the paradox: social boundaries are intersubjective
people understand the categories, rules for membership, and how they are used, even if they DO NOT CONSENT/AGREE WITH these practices.
boundaries made up of and reproduced by individual interactions
Because boundaries are made of individual actions, they are changeable
But because they involve understanding and coordination between many people, hard to change (not the same as slow to change)
O.J.: The Pioneer Before the Prisoner from The Atlantic on Vimeo.