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DOES RACE EXIST Many sociologists believe that races do not exist therefore have to find alternative groupings to study racism or patterns of racial disadvantage in the United Kingdom There exist many differing theories but no finite method of determining the true cause of racism This dissertation will outline the different theories used by sociologists and attempt to show the patterns of ethnic disadvantage present in Britain Racism is thought by many to be the notion that some ethnic groups are naturally superior to others The Oxford Dictionarys definition of the word race is A group of persons of common stock and that racism is the belief that Human abilities are determined by race Oxford Dictionary 1986 445 Although Race and Racism are defined in the oxford dictionary sociologists claim that races do not exist They have considered the work of human biologists who in turn have studied the genes of many individuals that are said to be associated with different races The results of these studies show that there is no distinctive gene that defines which race a person belongs to Blood groups have been examined and results show that while some races have higher tendencies to certain blood types no one race has been found to have one particular blood type unique to their origin Due to there being no conclusive biological evidence biologists refer to different races as different populations Any cultural differences are said to be ethnic differences not differences in race There is a belief that if race does not exist then sociologists cant rightfully use the term in their study of different populations It is due to this belief that they must find alternative ways of analysing population differences The history of race is important to examine in the attempt to show why ordinary people known as actors still think that race exists Racism is thought
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