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Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural SocietiesFoundations for better epidemiology, public health, and health care$
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Raj S. Bhopal

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568179.001.0001

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Introduction: The concepts of ethnicity and race in health

Introduction: The concepts of ethnicity and race in health

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: The concepts of ethnicity and race in health
Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural Societies

Bhopal Raj S.

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that humans are mentally equipped to differentiate between individuals and groups. Race and ethnicity are only two of many ways that humans differentiate and group themselves and these are deep and lasting concepts. Topics discussed include the contemporary ways of conceptualizing race and ethnicity; overlaps and distinctions in concepts of race and ethnicity; historical evolution of the race and ethnicity concepts; and the likely evolution of the two concepts.

Keywords:   race, ethnic groups, public health, concepts of race, concepts of ethnicity

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