6Race and Ethnicity SAE

BEFORE DIVING INTO the many examples of subtle acts of exclusion based on ideas of race and ethnicity, we thought it was important to step way back and discuss how race and ethnicity became ideas that influence how we treat other people in the first place. As the cultural anthropologist coauthor, Baran regularly finds himself answering questions about what people often refer to as the “social construction of race.” Typically, those conversations go something like this.

New friend: So what do you do for a living?

Baran: I am a cultural anthropologist by training with some study in cognitive psychology too, and now I work with organizations to support their diversity and inclusion efforts.

New friend: How interesting. You ...

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