Assignment Class presentation
Social status was a function of race and gender.” Discuss this claim for the seventeenth and eighteenth century Caribbean.
Thesis statement: the Africans, coloreds and whites all had different social status during the 17th n 18th century which was distinguish by race and gender.
We’ll start off this presentation with some key definitions, which are the main points of this presentation.
Race is each major division of humankind with certain inherited physical characteristics in common eg. Color of skin, type of hair, shape of eyes and nose. These are a number of people related by common descent.
Gender a person sex whether masculine or feminine.
Social status is defined as the relative rank that an individual holds, with attendant rights, duties, and lifestyle, in a social hierarchy based upon honor or prestige. Status may be ascribed—that is, assigned to individuals at birth without reference to any innate abilities—or achieved, requiring special qualities and gained through competition and individual effort. Ascribed status is typically based on sex, age, race, family relationships, or birth, while achieved status may be based on education, occupation, marital status, accomplishments, or other factors. Social status both ascribed and achieved were characteristics of the sugar plantation systems the whites had ascribed status based on their sex and race, this was for the black too. The whites the masters and the blacks slaves because of their race.
Marginality and the marginalization process have been operative throughout the Caribbean history and have been recognized and acknowledged in several works. Thus leading into the marginality construct, reveals a common focus either on the underclass who remain un-integrated into the mainstream economy or on those disadvantaged because of race, legal status, or gender. Economically people where marginalized example the whites but on the other hand there were the traditionally...