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INTRODUCTION TO MULTICULTURALISM- Essay

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  • Essay length: 1807 words
  • Submitted: 20/06/2006
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The purpose of this essay is to present the argument concerning the issue of 'race' as a term, and whether it is a concept which should be presented as a means of differentiating between individuals. There will be reference to where the notion of race originates and its implications on contemporary society. In addition the progress of scientific study into biology will be presented in relation to the issue of 'race', from Darwinism to contemporary DNA analysis. Next there will be an overview of the primordial approach to explaining identity and the links associated with this and the history and development of 'race' and its connotations. In response to this the constructivist argument will be presented including the idea of race to be socially constructed. This will support the proposal to discard the term 'race'. A brief link back to the scientific development of genetics will be apparent here to support this approach. The general argument of this essay will be leaning towards the abolition of the term and its connotations when used by social scientists.

Before looking at the background to this debate it is important first to try to define

The term race is

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