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What is an Ethnic Group? The View from Social Anthropology

  • Ursula Sharma

Abstract

In this paper I shall review some of the ways in which anthropologists have looked at and written about what we now call ethnic groups and ethnicity. I shall argue that the terms in which anthropologists have written about such issues can only to a very limited extent be regarded as a separate, let alone ‘expert’, form of discourse. I shall then examine the implications of this for any kind of dialogue between anthropologists and medical professionals.

Keywords

Ethnic Group Health Care Professional Ethnic Identity Race Relation Social Anthropology 
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