Concentration (Sociology)

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  • Specialized attention given to particular stimuli. It is a particular focus in which one is completely engrossed in one's present activity. In sociology, concentration can mean a disproportionate representation of a population, object, or characteristic within a small area. For example, there is a concentration of poverty or crime in many urban neighborhoods. Sociologists may examine a concentration or accumulation of a particular ethnicity or religion in a small geographical area. Certain concentrations, such as ethnic ones, may inhibit assimilation and economic or geographical mobility.

    In economics, concentration relates to funds and investments. When individuals have concentrated investments, they are investing in one type of stock; their portfolios are not diversified. Banks can concentrate their loan process by only lending money to one specific type of ...

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