The inherited English language term for this concept is folkused alongside the latinate people since the late Middle English period. In Early Modern English and until the midth century, ethnic was used to mean heathen or pagan in the sense of disparate "nations" which did not yet participate in the Christian oikumeneas the Septuagint used ta ethne "the nations" to translate the Hebrew goyim "the nations, non-Hebrews, non-Jews".
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Please contact mpub-help umich. For more information, read Michigan Publishing's access and usage policy. It is understandably difficult to determine in general—and even in a concrete individual case—what influence specific ethnic factors.
Any cultural trait, no matter how superficial, can serve as a starting point for the familiar tendency to monopolistic closure—Max Weber  In the late twentieth century, ethnicity and ethnic conflict captivate the world's attention like perhaps no other social phenomenon on earth.
Even "peaceful" societies like the United States are not immune to it, although it only infrequently erupts into open conflict and violence and then only briefly. But despite its ubiquity—or perhaps because of it—ethnicity and ethnic conflict are not particularly well-understood, either by the public or by many scholars.
This is due both to terminological confusion and to inadequate knowledge of the details and background of specific cases. Ethnicity and ethnic conflict are particularly fertile subjects for conflation of categories, mystification of facts, and general demagoguery, in no small part because the issues, as in the U.
This essay is dedicated to clarifying some of these confusions and to presenting some of the information crucial to understanding these momentous social forces. Some of the most perplexing problems arise from the vagueness of the term and phenomenon called ethnicity, and from its indefinite and ever-expanding domain.
One of the central arguments of this essay will be that ethnicity is not a single unified social phenomenon but a congeries, a "family," of related but analytically distinct phenomena. The foundations of ethnicity, the "markers" of ethnicity, the history of ethnicity, the aims and goals of ethnicity—these vary from case to case.
For instance, in one circumstance religion may be the decisive distinction between two ethnic groups say, in Northern Irelandwhile in another language or history or race or any number of other qualities may serve the same function.
Even within one case of ethnicity or conflict, the referents or the emphasis on referents of the groups concerned may shift over time.
Further, not all culturally-distinct groups are ethnic groups precisely, and in an odd paradox not all ethnic groups are culturally-distinct groups; the relation of ethnicity to "culture" is less than perfect. Not all ethnic groups are ancient and organic social entities; some can make the claim, while others are noticeably recent.
Finally, not all ethnic groups are in conflict, not all conflicts are equal in intensity, and not all conflicts seek the same ends. This very elusiveness of ethnicity is largely responsible for its expandability, which is largely responsible for its utility in the modern world.
When is a group an ethnic group? There are no hard-and-fast rules or standards by which to judge. The answer, as unsatisfying as it is, is that social collectivity, of any nature and antiquity, can don the mantle of ethnicity—one of the most elastic of social concepts—and stake a successful claim to identity and rights as a group.
The point is this: Ethnicity and Ethnic Groups Ethnicity is, at first glance, the process or phenomenon which underlies or gives rise to ethnic groups.
George DeVos defines it as the "subjective symbolic or emblematic use of any aspect of culture [by a group], in order to differentiate themselves from other groups. Ethnicity is a social and psychological process whereby individuals come to identify and affiliate with a group and some aspect s of its culture; ethnicity is what emerges when a person, as affiliated, completes the statement: It is also mobilization around difference—a camaraderie with or preference for socially-similar others.
It is in this sense a "familial" kind of relationship, with emotional characteristics—a bond, a tie, a sentiment, an attachment.It's an ethnic group the same as Subordinate group?
Not necessarily. German Americans, for instance, are an ethnic group, but they are not viewed as subordinate. so, if my professor is asking for me to choose an ethnic goup to ; Ethnics Choose an ethnic group to which you personally belong.
Many books on specific ethnic groups or conflicts emphasize history and attempt or purport to give the "true" history of the situation as if an accurate, objective reporting of events gives us a complete understanding of those groups and conflicts.
ETH I am lost. My assignment is Ethnic Groups and Discrimination. Choose an ethnic group to which you personally belon. If you identify with more than one group, chooose the group with which you most identify or about which you would like to learn more.
Ethnic groups in Africa number in the hundreds, each generally having its own language (or dialect of a language) and culture. Many ethnic groups and nations of Africa qualify, although some groups are of a size larger than a tribal society.
This change in reporting represented the largest "growth" of any ethnic group in the United States during the s, but it represented how people reported themselves more than growth through birth rates, for instance, and certainly did not reflect immigration.
Essay title: Choose an Ethnic Group to Which You Personally Belong. If You Identify with More Than An ethic group I personally belong to is that of the Hispanic Americans.