race relations


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race relations

  1. the social relations between ethnic or racial groups.
  2. the academic study of these social relations.
In sociology, ‘race relations’ has focused upon the effects of DISCRIMINATION and RACISM on groups which have been singled out for such treatment, and also on the political struggle against racism. However, the use of the term ‘race relations’ is controversial on two main grounds. First, some sociologists argue that the term lends credence to the biological conception of race, which has no clear scientific foundation. Secondly, it can be argued that ‘race relations’ is not a distinctive area of social relations but can only be understood within the wider context of political and ideological processes and social relations in general.
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The importance of race relations has been recognised and a full-time race relations officer has been appointed.'
In addition to offbeat coverage of hip-hop, the magazine featured cutting-edge commentary on race relations.
It was also to talk about the importance of the Race Relations Act.
Positive views of the state of race relations in the country peaked with President Barack Obama's inauguration, after which 66% of Americans said race relations were generally good in an April 2009 CBS News/New York Times poll.
The decision has been made in considerations of these three area of concerns,' he said referring to national security, public order and race relations.
The Race Relations Act 1965 banned racial discrimination in public places and made it an offence to promote hatred on the grounds of "colour, race, or ethnic or national origins".
"But while there have been many positive things going on, including plans drawn up by the East Belfast Community Development Agency to help deal with race relations, we need someone to co-ordinate all of that.
Dr Shukla is now 84 and was awarded an MBE, OBE and CBE for his work on race relations.
It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today--and offers universal insights applicable to American race relations as well.
A record high number of Americans are worried about race relations in the United States, according to a (http://www.gallup.com/poll/206057/americans-worry-race-relations-record-high.aspx) poll from Gallup published Wednesday morning.