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By Phillip Edward Clements

Even though based on British laws, this consultant units out trouble-free techniques, proper to every kind of events, and demonstrates how uncomplicated it's to act with equity, courtesy and sensitivity to all. functional and life like, this ebook is helping readers cost their very own habit and attitudes and gives tips on reasonable remedy. incorporated are own motion plans on the finish of each bankruptcy.

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Members of the ‘in-group’ may exaggerate things they hold in common or crack ‘injokes’, or they may socialize together in ways that exclude the outsider. Alternatively, they may patronize the person, saying how brave the person is to want to join the ‘in-group’ at all, or they may make the person their token representative from the ‘out-group’, seeking their ‘out-group’ views. In many of these situations the ‘out-group’ person has only a limited number of choices: join in and conform to ‘in-group’ attitudes, stereotyping and prejudices by trying to ‘become’ one of the ‘in-group’; keep quiet in the hope that members of the ‘in-group’ will get tired and lose interest; or confront and challenge.

As we noted above, terms of downright abuse are only ever acceptably used in the context of exposing their offensiveness. Where, however, we are employing terms which are not in most contexts offensive, but nevertheless might have the effect of labelling a person or group (see below) then we do need to take special care. If we are talking about the issues surrounding community relations, we can hardly avoid using words which have the effect of grouping people – eg Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Jewish, Muslim – but we do need to be careful, because in most other circumstances the term ceases to be relevant.

Racism 55 The word ‘ethnic’ comes from the Greek word ethne, which means tribe, and this is important because just as with religions, nearly all tribes have procedures for incorporating new members into their group and excluding others as ‘outsiders’. In Chapter 3 we spoke at length about how British culture is shaped and controlled by the majority group, and about the difficulties this poses for members of other groups who want to integrate. These cultural criteria (the norms and values of British culture – dress, accent, background, diet, traditions, etc) are ‘tribal’ procedures for incorporating new members into the group and excluding others.

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