Many argue that the correct definitions of ethnic groups should take into account the fact that there are ethnic groups created artificially in a union of people believe, and there are natural etnichesike groups are created according to their own beliefs, andthose formed under the influence of a certain group.

in ethnology

In ethnology, the term ethnic group is identical to the concept of subethnos: ethnic group, allocated on a regional basis, but having different from the local population culture, language and so on. Features.These groups are characterized by their own self-consciousness.


Today one of the most common values ​​of the ethnic group is a collection of people of the same nationality, who are not localized in their historic terr

itory and the territory of the other peoples in other countries (non-titular nation).In this case the number of members of an ethnic group may be determined by the hundreds, thousands or even millions.As a rule, members of ethnic groups settle as close to each other (a typical example: Chinatown, reservations, and so on.) In this case, all members of an ethnic group is not united political and territorial characteristics, and the same language, culture and traditions.

In many countries, such ethnic groups are recognized by the public minority.They are, for various reasons separated from their ethnic group and are forced to maintain their livelihoods out of it.

In political science

In some instances, the term ethnic group is defined as the union of several ethnic groups according to certain criteria.Usually they have similar racial origin.Close to each other people can belong to the same ethnic group.One example is the ethnic group of the ancient Slavs and Germans.


concept of ethnic group has a large number of values.It is more extensive than the concept of ethnicity.Many scientists are trying to give a precise definition of the latter term, but it has the property to change its value, which depends on what type of community it is applied.