Mason David

in Explaining ethnic differences

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344670
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302261 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about ethnic differences and disadvantage in Great Britain. The book considers the patterning of ethnic disadvantage in a number of key areas of social life and describes the demographic characteristics of people from minority ethnic groups. The discussion in each chapter is framed by analyses of continuity and change, with particular emphasis on the persistence of ethnic penalties and evidence of continued discrimination, even in the face of upward mobility.

Keywords: ethnic differences; ethnic disadvantage; Great Britain; social life; minority ethnic group; ethnic penalties; discrimination; upward mobility

Chapter.  3535 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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