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Ethnic group

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An ethnic group is broadly defined as a population whose members identify with one another as distinct from others. This usually occurs through a perceived common history, and often also includes shared culture, race, religion, or language.[1]

The study of ethnic groups falls under the purview of several fields, including anthropology, sociology, and history.


Frederik Barth


  1. Maybury-Lewis 2002: 47.

Sources and Further Reading

  • Barth, Fredrik, ed. 1969. Ethnic Groups and Boundaries: The Social Organization of Cultural Difference. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.
  • Maybury-Lewis, David. 2002. Indigenous Peoples, Ethnic Groups, and the State. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 0205337465

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