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Discrimination and migration: national and ethnic origin

Migration A–Z

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  1. Michael Banton

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm176

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Banton, M. 2013. Discrimination and migration: national and ethnic origin. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

The philosophical concept of discrimination and the legal conception of discrimination should be distinguished from each other. Some authors trace the philosophical conception to Aristotle's doctrine that equals are entitled to equal things. Discrimination is then the unequal treatment of equals. This sets an abstract and universal standard against which behavior may be judged. The legal conception, by contrast, has to provide a practical standard. It is usually restricted to the prohibition of unequal treatment in specific relationships (such as those of public life) and to actions based on specific criteria (such as those of race).

Keywords:

  • ethnic cleansing;
  • ethnic conflict;
  • ethnocentrism;
  • repression;
  • cultural diversity;
  • cross-cultural;
  • transnationalism