Re: Ethnic

Pamela N. Lindell (
30 Apr 1995 04:19:32 GMT

Vincenzo Bitti ( wrote:

: I want point the discussion on the double status of the term ethnic:
: political and scientific. Maybe are different because today there
: are group of people that declares itself "ethnic groups" , before we
: named this group as "ethnic".

I think this is an important point. By anthropological definition
ethnicity is a comparative concept -- it arises in situations of culture
contact when a group of people define themselves as different and unified
in comparison to other groups. Therefore the concept of ethnicity is
created by the groups in contact.