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Definition of ethnicity

The term ethnicity has been defined in broader sense to signify self-consciousness of a group of people united or closely related by shared experience such as language, religious belief, common heritage etc. While race usually denotes the attributes of a group, ethnic identity signifies creative response of a group who consider themselves marginalized in society.

The identity of a group is defined vis a vis another community and how this identity becomes psychologically and socially important for a member or members of a community.