Persons belonging to religious minorities have a faith which is different from that held by the majority. Most countries of the world have religious minorities. It is now widely accepted in the west that people should have the freedom to choose their own religion, including not having any religion ("atheism and/or "agnosticism), and including the right to convert from one religion to another. However, in many countries this freedom is constricted. For example, in "Egypt, a new system of identity cards requires all citizens to state their religion—and the only choices are "Islam, "Christianity, or "Judaism (See "Egyptian identification card controversy).
The elderly, while traditionally influential or even (in a "gerontocracy) dominant in the past, are now usually reduced to the minority role of economically 'non-active' groups.["citation needed] Children can also be understood as a minority group in these terms, and the discrimination faced by the young is known as "adultism. Discrimination against the elderly is known as "ageism.
Various local and "international statutes are in place to mitigate the exploitation of children, such as the "Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as a number of organizations that make up the "children's rights movement. The "youth rights movement campaigns for social empowerment for young people, and against the legal and social restrictions placed on "legal minors. Groups that advocate the interests of "senior citizens range from the charitable ("Help the Aged) to grass-roots activism ("Gray Panthers), and often overlap with disability rights issues.
People with disabilities
The "disability rights movement has contributed to an understanding of people with disabilities (including not to be called 'disabled') as a minority or a coalition of minorities who are disadvantaged by society, not just as people who are disadvantaged by their impairments. Advocates of disability rights emphasize difference in physical or psychological functioning, rather than inferiority. For example, some people with "autism argue for acceptance of "neurodiversity, much as opponents of "racism argue for acceptance of ethnic diversity. The "deaf community is often regarded as a linguistic and cultural minority rather than a group with disabilities, and some "deaf people do not see themselves as having a disability at all. Rather, they are disadvantaged by technologies and social institutions that are designed to cater for the dominant group. (See the "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.)
One of the most controversial minorities in the "United States and various other countries has been communists. Along with the "Red Scare and execution of "Julius and Ethel Rosenberg the United States ran open campaigns to eliminate communism in the United States. An important note is that not all people who were persecuted as communists actually were. Many civil rights activists of various types were also seen as pushing a communist agenda of equality. Communists that live in America are frightened to say who they are as most communists are in many nations, such as Russia, Australia, Ukraine, Japan, the United Kingdom of Britain and Poland, fearing abuse and bullying from the capitalists and democrats of their country.
Involuntary minorities in education
Also known as "castelike minorities", involuntary minorities are a term for people who were originally brought into any society against their will. In the United States, for instance, it includes but is not limited to Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and native born (non-emigrated) Mexican Americans. For reasons of cultural differences, involuntary minorities may experience difficulties in school more than members of other (voluntary) minority groups. Social capital helps children engage with different age groups that share a common goal.
Voluntary minorities in education
They are people who have moved to the United States or any other country. They are in hopes of obtaining a better future usually economically, educationally, and politically than the one they were receiving in their homeland or place of origin. Because they have migrated with hopes of success, voluntary minorities are more likely to do better in school in comparison to other migrating minorities. Cultural shock and the lack of understanding a new language make the initial stage of moving to a different country be difficult but they are eventually bettered. They do not experience a sense of dual frame as much as involuntary minorities but are still considered to have social capital because they are still very educationally orientated. Central and South Americans, Mexicans, Cubans, Africans, and Indians are a few examples of the places voluntary minorities originate from.
Authors have pointed out that many coal workers would be unwilling to move for work or were not likely to be able to be retrained as Appalachians are an "ethnic minority".
Some sociologists have criticised the concept of minority tout court by arguing that the language of majority/minority cannot easily account for changing or unstable cultural identities, and that it rarely accounts for cultural formations that cross the boundaries of the nation-State.
Law and government
In the politics of some countries, a "minority" is an "ethnic group that is recognized as such by respective laws of its country and therefore has some rights that other groups lack. Speakers of a legally recognized "minority language, for instance, might have the right to education or communication with the government in their mother tongue. Countries that have special provisions["which?] for minorities include "Canada, "China, "Ethiopia, "Germany, "India, the "Netherlands, "Poland, "Romania, "Russia, "Croatia, and the "United Kingdom.["citation needed]
Differing minority groups often are not given identical treatment. Some groups are too small or too indistinct compared to the majority. They either identify as part of the same nation as the members of the majority or identify as a separate nation but are ignored by the majority because of the costs or some other aspect of providing preferences. For example, a member of a particularly small ethnic group might be forced to check "Other" on a checklist of different backgrounds and so might receive fewer privileges than a member of a more defined group.
Many contemporary governments prefer to assume the people they rule all belong to the same nationality rather than separate ones based on ethnicity. The United States asks for "race and ethnicity on its official census forms, which thus breaks up and organizes its population into different sub-groups, primarily on racial origin rather than national one. "Spain does not divide its nationals by ethnic group, although it does maintain an official notion of minority languages.
Some minorities are so relatively large or historically or otherwise important that the system is set up in a way to guarantee them comprehensive protection and political representation. As an example, the former Yugoslav republic of "Bosnia and Herzegovina recognizes the three main nations, none of which constitutes a numerical majority, as constitutive nations, see "nations of Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, other minorities such as "Romani and "Jews, are officially labelled as "others" and are excluded from many of these protections. For example, they may not be elected to a range of high political positions including the presidency.
The issue of establishing minority groups and determining the extent of privileges that they might derive from their status are subjects of some debate. One view is that the application of special rights to minority groups may be inappropriate in some countries, like new states in Africa or Latin America (not founded on the European "nation-state model), where recognition and rights accorded to specific groups may interfere with the state's need to establish a cohesive identity and hamper the ability of the minority to integrate itself into mainstream society, perhaps to the point at which the minority follows a path to "separatism or "supremacism. In "Canada, some["who?] feel that the failure of the people dominant "English-speaking majority to integrate "French Canadians has given rise to "Quebec separatism. That position is countered by those who assert that members of minorities require specific provisions and rights to ensure that they are not marginalised within society (for example, "bilingual education may be needed to allow linguistic minorities to fully integrate into the school system and hence compete on a level playing field in society), and that rights for minorities, far from weakening the nation-building project, actually strengthen it; where members of minorities see that their specific needs and ambitions have been acknowledged and catered for, they will commit themselves more willingly to accepting the legitimacy of the nation and their integration (as opposed to assimilation) within it.
- "Dominant minority
- "Ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland
- "Ethnic penalty
- "Intangible cultural heritage
- "Interminority racism
- "List of active NGOs of national minorities
- "List of minority political parties
- "Middleman minority
- "Minority influence
- "Minority (philosophy)
- "Minority religion
- "Minority Rights Group International
- "Model minority
- "Serge Moscovici
- "Social exclusion
- "Social stratification
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- Laurie, Timothy; Khan, Rimi (2017), "The Concept of Minority for the Study of Culture", Continuum: Journal for Media and Cultural Studies, 31 (1): 2–4
- Laurie, Timothy; Khan, Rimi (2017), "The Concept of Minority for the Study of Culture", Continuum: Journal for Media and Cultural Studies, 31 (1): 3
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- Joe R. Feagin (1984). Racial and Ethnic Relations (2nd ed.). Prentice-Hall. p. 10. "ISBN "0-13-750125-0.
- Wirth, L. (1945). "The Problem of Minority Groups". In Linton, Ralph. The Science of Man in the World Crisis. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 347. The political scientist and law professor, Gad Barzilai, has offered a theoretical definition of non-ruling communities that conceptualizes groups that do not rule and are excluded from resources of political power. Barzilai, G. Communities and Law: Politics and Cultures of Legal Identities. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
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- "Lyal S. Sunga (2004). International Criminal Law: Protection of Minority Rights, Beyond a One-Dimensional State: An Emerging Right to Autonomy? ed. Zelim Skurbaty. (2004) 255–275.
- Daniel Šmihula (2008). "National Minorities in the Law of the EC/EU" (PDF). Romanian Journal of European Affairs. 8 (3): 51–81.
- Hacker, Helen Mayer (1951). "Women as a Minority Group". "Social Forces. 30 (1): 60–69. "doi:10.2307/2571742.
- See "The Situation of the Bahá'í Community of Egypt" and "Religion Today: Bahais' struggle for recognition reveals a less tolerant face of Egypt", Bahai.org, DWB.sacbee.com
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- Ogbu and Simons (1998). "Voluntary and Involuntary Minorities: A Cultural-Ecological Theory of School Performance with Some Implications for Education" (PDF). Anthropology and Education Quarterly.
- Valenzuela, Angela. Subtractive Schooling. pp. 116–118.
- http://www.washingtontimes.com, The Washington Times (June 14, 2008). "OPINION: America's other minority?".
- Laurie, Timothy; Khan, Rimi (2017), "The Concept of Minority for the Study of Culture", Continuum: Journal for Media and Cultural Studies, 31 (1): 1–12
- Opinion of the Council of Europe's Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, in particular paragraphs 37–43
- For example, J.A. Lindgren-Alves, member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, speaking at the Committee's 67th Session (Summary Record of the 1724th Meeting, 23 August 2005, CERD/C/SR.1724)
- See Henrard, K. (2000). Devising an Adequate System of Minority Protection: Individual Human Rights, Minority Rights and the Right to Self-Determination. Martinus Nijhoff. pp. 218–224.
- Union of Minority Shareholders
- ECMI - European Centre for Minority Issues
- What is a Minority Group? definitions from Dayton Law School.
- From Paris to Cairo: Resistance of the Unacculturated
- Minorities at Risk project at the University of Maryland
- MINELRES - Minority Electronic Resources
- European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC)
- Eurominority - Stateless and national minorities portal
- State of the World's Minorities, an annual report by Minority Rights Group International
- American Psychological Association's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs