Minority Group Relations Minority Group refers to a recognizable group which is the subject of prejudice and or discrimination. Minority groups are commonly made up of a racial, religious or ethnic population. The term does not refer to the numerical size of the group. Characteristics of Minority Groups 1. Minority groups are treated differently than the dominant group. 2. Minority groups are visible. For the minority group to maintain its existence it must have high visibility. 3. Minority groups are highly conscious of their own group existence. 4. Minority group membership is an ascribed status characteristics. The Sociology of Race In 1944 a Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal (1944)published his classical work An American Dilemma in which he describes the dilemma which exists between the American values of freedom and equality on one hand and discrimination and racial prejudice on the other hand. Racism and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
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