World Politics Question #6

Today in class it was suggested that it is perfectly okay to distinguish between groups of people, and even to marginalize groups, if the criteria on which one is doing so are "real" differences rather than something else. So the question is: how does one distinguish between a "real" difference and a stereotype or other misleading characterization? How would you know if you were appropriately marginalizing along actually existing lines of difference? The importance here is that is we admit the category of "real" differences, then some forms of marginalization are justified.

Note that it's perfectly okay to vehemently disagree with the entire premise of this question, if you'd like. And remember that this post, and the reflective post, are both due on Monday of next week since you have the essay due on Thursday.

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