Sample Essay

Also, pertaining to or having common racial, cultural, religious, or linguistic characteristics, esp. designating a racial or other group within a larger system; hence (U.S. colloq.), foreign, exotic. ethnic minority (group), a group of people differentiated from the rest of the community by racial origins or cultural background, and usu. claiming or enjoying official recognition of their group identity”

According to Weber, ethnic groups were socially constructed (artificial). This he argued was because they were based on shared beliefs of a shared community. Weber also argued that the belief did not create the group but rather the group created the belief. This he claimed was because the group wanted to monopolize some form of power or social status. Fredrik Barth went ahead to argue that ethnicity was perpetual in that negotiations and renegotiations were done by both internal self-identification as well as external ascription.

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