Sociological Perspectives on Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity

Sociological Perspectives on Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity

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Sociological Perspectives on Inequalities of Race  and Ethnicity The Functionalist Perspective. Functionalists say that ethnic differentiation reduces  consensus, increases the chances of conflict, and  threatens the equilibrium of a society, but it also  promotes group formation and cohesion, functions  as a safety valve through  scapegoating,  and helps  maintain a democratic order. The Conflict Perspective.  Conflict theorists  contend that prejudice and discrimination can best  be understood in terms of tension or conflict among  competing groups. At least three different conflict  theories exist, and they are related to  ethnocentrism, Marxism, and the  split labor  market. The Interactionist Perspective.  Interactionists say that the world we experience is  socially constructed.  In this view, ethnic groups  are seen as products of social interaction. Ethnicity 
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