The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.



Derived from the Greek ethnos, meaning people or nation, an ethnic group is a cultural phenomenon in which tradition, language, religion, custom and common experience form the salient traits. Although recent years have seen ‘ethnicity’ being increasingly used as a polite (or perhaps euphemistic) alternative to ‘race’, the two concepts are significantly different. In the broadest of terms: ‘race’ is a socio-biological marker of difference in which genetic or phenotypic characteristics are ascribed social significance; ethnicity is a socio-historical, or socio-cultural concept in which cultural characteristics are used as a marker of difference.

That said, the two concepts are linked, in as much as ethnicity arose from the inadequacy of ‘race’ to account for differences between groups. How do you use ‘race’ to explain the differences ...

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