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‘Race’ and Ethnicity
‘Race’ and ethnicity

Contrary to popular supposition, these two words do not mean the same thing, although they are often, even in official documentation, used interchangeably. Many people, including most scientists, now doubt the usefulness of the word ‘race’ and when used in sociological literature it now usually appears in inverted commas (as above).

Furthermore, and again contrary to a widespread assumption, we all have an ethnicity. It's not something that only certain people(s) have access to.

The word ‘race’ first appeared in the English language in the sixteenth century. It was used then to mean a people with an identifiable culture and, therefore, a shared destiny – for example, the Saxons or the Celts. People were perceived to have fixed characteristics – as poets, ...

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