Sociology Index


Minority problems give rise to minority conflict. Minority as a group is a group distinguished by being on the margins of power, status or the allocation of resources within the society. Minority Group is a small group of people differing from the rest of a community in ethnic origin, religion, language, or culture; a member of such a group. In India, muslims and christians are minority as a group. We have to recognize types of minorities and typical sources of minority problems and conflict, the problems minorities experience. Minorities and their grievances and demands form a major part of study regarding minority problems.

Articles 29, 30, 350A, and 350B of the Indian Constitution use the word “minority” and its plural forms, but do not define it, creating a "minority problem." The minority problem thus became the most controversial issue before the framers of the Constitution of India. Religious minority problems of the muslim minority group in India has seen a steady increase during much of independent India's history, on account of their cynical manipulation of minority problem by various political parties, as well as the onslaught of a hateful and divisive ideology of Hindu majority group that has sought to impose Hindu political and cultural hegemony.

Minority Problems in developed countries? We can link modern minority problems to the nation-state concept due to the temptation to perpetuate cultural imperialism, linguistic hegemony and cultural hegemony.

Centre for Multiethnic Research is a cross-disciplinary forum for the study of the cultural issues, social phenomena, and processes of change related to life's ethnic dimensions and its minority problems. This field of study also covers ethnic relationships and processes in multiculturalism in societies, as well as the effects of international migration within cultures leading to minority problems. The Department of Minority Studies at Indiana University Northwest.

CEMES: Centre for European Migration and Ethnic Studies operated between 1998 - 2002, specialising in policy-relevant research, information and publishing on international migration, ethnic relations and related topics in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

Minority Problems - Abstracts

Judging Not Only by Color: Ethnicity, Nativity, and Neighborhood Attainment. Michael J. White, Sharon Sassier. We examine hypotheses derived from theories of structural assimilation and spatial mobility to study the residential attainment of white ethnics, blacks, Asians, and Hispanics in the United States. We examine how immigrant status, ethnicity, and individual and family characteristics predict socioeconomic neighborhood outcome.

Ethnic minority problems in the Niger Delta - Quaker-Dokubo. - Abstract: As a conceptual background typical types of minorities and typical sources of minority conflict are outlined. A historical overview is given of the problems Niger Delta minorities have been experiencing. Their grievances and demands are highlighted, and the responses of different Nigerian governments are discussed. As a conclusion a possible way forward is recommended, one which would take seriously the possibilities of decentralising and of creating a rewarding involvement for the impatient minorities before it is too late. - African Journals Online.

Changing Visions in Ethnic Relations - Leo Driedger. Abstract: Early studies focused on the relations between the dominant British and French charter groups, before Pierre Trudeau announced a policy of bilingualism and multiculturalism in 1971. A Royal Commission encouraged more research, where the focus of study turned from colonial to multicultural and multiethnic identity concerns, resulting in more open immigration policies.

Books On Minority Problems

Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Minority Rights Stephen May, Tariq Modood, Judith Squires.

Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Book by Guillermo Bernal, Joseph E. Trimble, Ann Kathleen Burlew, Frederick T. L. Leong.

United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race
Book by Curtiss Paul Deyoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, Karen Chai Kim.

Trauma, Stress, and Resilience Among Sexual Minority Women: Rising Like the Phoenix Book by Kimberly F., PhD. Balsan (Editor), Kimberly F. Balsam (Editor).

Sexual Minorities: Discrimination, Challenges, and Development in America
Book by Michael J Sullivan (Editor).

The Quest for Identity: From Minority Groups to Generation Xers by Donald M. Taylor.

Meeting the Needs of Ethnic Minority Children
Book by Richard Williams (Foreword), Kedar Nath Dwivedi (Editor).