Race

A mode of classification of human beings which distinguishes between them on the basis of physical properties such as skin color and facial features. (Edgar and Sedgwick 278).

Race is often used interchangeably or alongside ethnicity. The main difference here is that race refers to a biological construct (e.g. facial features, skin color) while ethnicity refers more to cultural practices (e.g. language, nation) and beliefs (e.g. religion).

The construct of race can be a problem because it has functioned to make negative connections between groups of people and assumes certain behavioral traits are shared by all members. (Brown)

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