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ERIC Number: ED121641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Ethnicity in Contemporary American Society: Towards the Development of a Typology.
Banks, James A.; Gay, Geneva
This paper delineates some basic characteristics of ethnic groups in contemporary American society and develops a typology for defining and classifying ethnic groups which is more consistent with the current characteristics of ethnic groups than many existing definitions and typologies. Several social forces have changed the characteristics and relationships of ethnic groups in the United States since the major concepts and theories related to ethnic groups and ethnicity were formulated. As a result, new concepts and generalizations are needed to adequately describe the characteristics of the "new" ethnicity. The functions served by ethnic group affiliation suggest that there are several ways of classifying ethnic groups and determining the degrees to which various racial and ethnic groups manifest these identified characteristics. Several types of ethnic groups are identified, including cultural, economic, political, eco-political, and holistic. While every American is a member of an ethnic group, the authors conclude that ethnicity manifest itself in diverse forms in modern American life, and that Americans belong to many different kinds of ethnic groups. The degree to which a particular cultural, nationality, or racial group is ethnic varies with a number of social, economic, and political conditions within the society. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: National Academy of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A