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The Informal Arena of Inter-Ethnic Relations

  • Michel S. Laguerre

Abstract

Much of the sociological and anthropological literature on inter-ethnic relations tends to focus on the formal aspects of the interaction because of the prevalent assumption in the western world that society is run formally.1 Informality is understood mostly in terms of personal preference and individual motivation, but not as a consequence of structural imbalance resulting from the asymmetry of structural relations and hegemonic practices.

Keywords

Formal System Ethnic Community Formal Level Formal Interaction Ethnic Enclave 
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Copyright information

© Michel S. Laguerre 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel S. Laguerre
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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