Ethnicity and Race. An ethnic group may define themselves as different because of their language, religion, geography, history, ancestry, or physical traits.When an ethnic group is assumed to have a biological basis, it is called a race.Most Americans fail to distinguish between ethnicity and race
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This chapter introduces students to the concept of ethnicity. It shows how ethnic categories are only somewhat related to categories or race, nationality, or culture. Finally, it discusses how ethnic categories can be created or altered, and how conflict along ethnic lines is increasingly prevalent.