Role of Ethnicity

In Chapter 7, you learned about the role of ethnicity in the construction of identity and human connection to place. Geographers are interested in ethnicity as an important part of cultural identity. For many Americans, ethnicity can be a factor in many aspects of their daily lives. a) Define ethnicity and explain what distinguishes it from nationality or race, including why ethnicity may be easier to classify. b) Give an example of an ethnic group in the United States and describe two ways that a person’s ethnicity may influence their daily lives.  You may choose to use your own ethnicity and experience to answer this question; please be specific with well-developed examples or even news stories.  If you live in a city, you may consider identifying or visiting an ethnic enclave and using this experience to enhance your description of ethnicity, geography, and lifestyle choices.

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