What is meant by the social construction of categories?

What is meant by the social construction of categories? In what ways are concepts such as gender Show more What is meant by the social construction of categories? In what ways are concepts such as gender race sexual orientation social class and exceptionality social categories? On page 17 in ME (bottom paragraph) the authors report on Allports contact hypothesis which says that contacts between groups will improve intergroup relations when the contact is characterized by these four conditions: 1. equal status 2. cooperation rather than competition 3 sanction by authorities such as teachers and administrators and 4. interpersonal interactions in which students become acquainted as individuals. Allport wrote this in 1954. Is it still valid? Why do you believe as you do? Cite examples/give explanation for why you believe as you do Show less

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