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What Are The Main Ways In Which Racism Affects Peoples Health And Well-Being In The UK? How Can Health Or Social Services Workers Contribute To Greater Equality In Service Provision Across All Ethnic Groups.

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What Are The Main Ways In Which Racism Affects Peoples Health And Well-Being In The UK? How Can Health Or Social Services Workers Contribute To Greater Equality In Service Provision Across All Ethnic Groups. Racism is a socially constructed phenomenon, evident within mainstream society's individual and institutional value systems. The corrosive effects of racism seriously impinge upon the life chances and life expectancy of ethnic minorities, living within the United Kingdom. Within this essay I will attempt to highlight the social implications of racism, illustrating the relationship between racism, poverty and social exclusion. I will also consider recent government legislation and the contribution required from Social Services to combat the perpetuating effects of racism. Within today's society racial classification creates a dominant framework of superior and inferior beings, some still believe superiority of one race over another is a result of biological indifferences. According to De Gobineaue "the white race possesses intelligence, morality and will power superior to those of the others" [other races] (Giddens 1993:264). Alternatively, black races are considered to be, in educable, deviant and inferior to their white counterparts. These stereotypical viewpoints embody the essence of racism; Giddens (1993) ...read more.

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"On average, ethnic minorities are disadvantaged in the labour market relative to their white counterparts" (Ethnic Minorities and The Labour Market 2003). Discrimination and oppression are common features that prevent ethnic minorities from achieving professional status within the labour market. Giddens (1993) describes discrimination as an activity which serves to disqualify the members of one grouping from the opportunities available to others. Most ethnic minorities find themselves having to take jobs that are considered unskilled and menial; conversely, ethnic minorities who manage to acquire professional status often find they are discriminated against in terms of pay and career progression. The report entitled (Ethnic Minorities and The Labour Market 2003) confirms the evidence of discrimination on grounds of race as it suggests the disparity between pay and progression cannot be attributed to different levels of education and skills. Therefore, the consequences of racism within the labour market effectively marginalise the ethnic minority workforce, creating a glass ceiling effect. Structural oppression based on class and race condemns the lives of many ethnic minority groups, Giddens (1993) suggests the decaying environment of inner cities exacerbates the link between race, unemployment and crime. The relationship between high levels of unemployment and crime provides an explanation, to why ethnic minorities over-represent the prison population. ...read more.

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Accordingly, since professionals interact within a diverse community a number of factors have to be considered. Firstly, professionals must value the diversity of each individual belonging to an ethnic minority group, understanding the importance of culture and identity. Secondly, professionals must make provisions and services more accessible to ethnic minority groups, providing information and challenging procedures that exacerbate discrimination. Finally, professionals need to consider the role of ethnic minorities within society, promoting self determination and encouraging ethnic minorities to set their own agenda's, could result in more life chances and in turn greater equality. In conclusion, it can be argued that the corrosive nature of racism, acts as a catalyst condemning the lives of minority ethnic groups. Poverty, deprivation and disadvantage are all variables associated with the effects of racism, marginalising and isolating ethnic minority groups onto the peripheries of society. However, challenging social inequality and promoting anti-discriminatory practice can contribute towards a fairer and more equal society. Furthermore, if greater equality is to be achieved across service provision, then professionals need to recognise and understand the diverse needs and rights of ethnic minority groups. Word Count: 1558 1 ...read more.

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