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Changing ethnic disadvantage: an overview

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344670.003.0002
Changing ethnic disadvantage: an overview

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This chapter sets out the context in which we have to understand the apparent increasing diversity of experiences of disadvantage by minority ethnic communities in Great Britain. It argues that experiences of ethnic difference have always been diverse, but that political priorities and analytic practices have frequently masked this diversity. The chapter suggests that the failure to recognise this diversity probably has a number of sources. These include the initially strikingly visible differences between the newcomers and those already resident in Britain, the adoption for both official and unofficial purposes of the designation immigrant, and a general ignorance about the countries and locations from which migrants had come.

Keywords: ethnic disadvantage; minority ethnic communities; Great Britain; political priorities; immigrants

Chapter.  5263 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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