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Ethnic Inequality in a Class Society

AuteurPeter S. Li
TitreEthnic Inequality in a Class Society
ISBN ISSN1550770306
Maisons d'éditionThompson Educational Publishing
Publisher URLURL
Place of PublicationToronto
Publication TypeBook
LocationCRRF and online
SujetRacism & Anti-Racism; Documenting Racism; Canadian Overview; Class; Ethnicity
CRRF IdentifierRA-DR-CO-BR-93
Last modified14/07/15
English Abstract

By looking at issues of ethnicity and class, this book assesses whether ethnic origin makes a difference to the education and economic well being of Canadians. In order to ascertain this answer, the author suggests that it is first necessary to re-interpret the meaning of ethnic and cultural origin in Canada. The book begins with a presentation of some of the myths and realities of inequality, then proceeds to an overview and analysis of ethnicity and race. The remainder of the book is concerned with the role of ethnicity in access to education, income, and social equality. The conclusion reveals that ethnicity and social class operate together as the main detriments to social inequality in Canada today.

It has also been noted that many standardized tests are in fact culture bound and class-based so that minority children from lower class backgrounds face double jeopardy. (p.34) To be able to attach a social meaning to the physical or cultural characteristics of a group implies that rewards and resources in society are, to some extent at least, divided according to racial and ethnic lines, and that the dominant or privileged group is in a position to use physical and cultural features of people as a basis of stratification. (p.24)

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