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social construction of race

Definition of Social Construction of Race

(noun) The idea that race is not biologically defined but socially constructed.

Social Construction of Race Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: so·cial con·struc·tion of race

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈsoʊʃəl kənˈstrʌkʃən əv reɪs/
  • British English – /ˈsəʊʃəl kənˈstrʌkʃən əv reɪs/

Usage Note

  • Plural: social constructions of race

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Works Consulted

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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Cite the Definition of Social Construction of Race

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “social construction of race.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/social-construction-of-race/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

social construction of race. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/social-construction-of-race/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “social construction of race.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/social-construction-of-race/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“social construction of race.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/social-construction-of-race/>.