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Ethnic Inequality: Functionalism

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Ethnic inequalities are not the fault of the system. Discrimination is not the reason for inequalities. Refer to common value systems. Ethnic inequalities are temporary and are a result of cultural differences between immigrants and the host nation. Ethnic minority groups become assimilated in to an emerging shared value system, e.g. the American Negro.
NOT FUNCTIONALIST BUT HEAVILY LINKED TO THEM. Depicts Britain as a stable, orderly place with high levels of value consensus (like Functionalists do). Britain’s stability was undermined by the arrival of immigrants from South Asia and the Caribbean in the 1950s and 1960s. These immigrants had a ‘culture clash’ with their British ‘hosts’. The British were not directly racist but were frightened and anxious due to the arrival of immigrants with different cultural values and ways of behaving.