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Explaining ethnic differencesChanging patterns of disadvantage in Britain$
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David Mason

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344670

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344670.001.0001

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Changing ethnic disadvantage: an overview

Changing ethnic disadvantage: an overview

(p.9) Two Changing ethnic disadvantage: an overview
Explaining ethnic differences

Mason David

Policy Press

This chapter sets out the context in which we have to understand the apparent increasing diversity of experiences of disadvantage by minority ethnic communities in Great Britain. It argues that experiences of ethnic difference have always been diverse, but that political priorities and analytic practices have frequently masked this diversity. The chapter suggests that the failure to recognise this diversity probably has a number of sources. These include the initially strikingly visible differences between the newcomers and those already resident in Britain, the adoption for both official and unofficial purposes of the designation immigrant, and a general ignorance about the countries and locations from which migrants had come.

Keywords:   ethnic disadvantage, minority ethnic communities, Great Britain, political priorities, immigrants

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