Theories of racial and ethnic inequality

  • Mark Kirby
Part of the Skills-Based Sociology book series (SBS)


By the end of this chapter you should:
  • be aware of a wide range of sociological theories on ethnic inequality;

  • be able to distinguish between three broad approaches to explaining ethnic inequality, namely race and ethnicity/race relations models, structural theories of the impact of racism and imperialism, and racial formation approaches;

  • have a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each approach;

  • be aware of the variety of theories contained within each broad approach;

  • have practised structured exam questions.


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© Mark Kirby 1999

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