Sociological Perspectives on Race and Ethnic relations
Symholic interactionist, functionalist, and conf iet analysts examine race and ethnic relations in different ways. Functionalists focus on the macrolevel intergroup processes that occur between members of dominant goups and subordinate groups in society. Conflict theorists analyze power and economic differentials between the dominant group and subordinate groups. Symbolic interactionists examine how micro level contacts between people may produce either greater racial tolerance or increased levels of hostility .