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The sociology of ethnic relations

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Banton, Michael

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Abstract The sociological problems presented by ethnic relations should be distinguished from problems of social policy. The foundations for a micro-sociology of ethnic relations laid by Max Weber in 1906-11 have to be inter-related with the macro-sociological contexts within which ethnic groups are constructed by collective action. When ethnic relations have their origin in transnational migration, much depends on the immigrants' points of entry into the receiving society's scale of socio-economic status, and, thereafter, on transmitted inequalities. While the nature and causes of social differences associated with ethnic origin have been illuminated by quantitative and qualitative studies, new styles of research are needed to bridge these modes of analysis, such as the measurement of relative preferences for association with co-ethnics.
Keywords assimilation
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature; Migration, Sociology of Migration
Free Keywords ethnic groups; ethnic relations; immigration; Max Weber; collective action
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 1267-1285
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies, 31 (2008) 7
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)