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Three current issues in ethnic and racial studies

The British Journal of Sociology
Volume 56 No 4 December 2005
pages 635-661

Abstract

Prevailing orthodoxies in British studies of ethnic and racial relations have been challenged, most recently by perspectives developed within cultural studies. The issues that divide the contending parties have still to be clarified. Three of them appear to be: (i) problem definition; (ii) problem selection; and (iii) conceptual obsolescence.

Keywords: Cultural studies, epistemology, ethnography, Marxism, race

Michael Banton
Sociology, University of Bristol

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