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11/10/11 Chapter 8: Race and Ethnic Relations Theories The primordialist thesis suggests that ethnic and racial attachments reflect an innate tendency for people to seek out, and associate with, others who are similar in terms of language, culture, beliefs, ancestry and appearance Normative theories of ethnic and racial prejudices concentrate on the way in which prejudices are transmitted through socialization and the social circumstances that compel discriminatory behaviour Power-Conflict theories – exploits racial minorities by using racist ideas to create artificial divisions in the working class, so as to prevent the formation of class consciousness and threaten the social and economic order Race and the Split Labour Market Theory suggests that racial and ethnic conflict is rooted in differences in the price of labour. (e.g. Chinese workers getting paid half as much as the white working class in the same jobs) o
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