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The Marxist regards crimination as the outcome not of prejudice but of to themselves the proletariat class social live. 4 would racial dis- class interest; left unite, but the policies of the ruling operate to maintain customary distinctions between them. Race prejudice flourishes in so far as Social life is it highly complex, works its in this direction. various elements such as beliefs, and modes of production, being interdependent. None of it harmonizes with the others. Marxists, however, attach a special significance to the role of material conditions in social development which makes theirs fundamentally an econonnc interpretation of society.

His work showed in which he concluded that the the European; that the analogies that the monogenists were hopelessly wrong in believing appeared perfected and complete, a species distinct from polygenists were equally wrong if they insisted that several places in several distinct forms. Darwin all that man others; the man emerged in new established a monogenist theory according to which man was the ultimate product of a long and incalculable process of steady differentiation. Twelve years later, in the Descent of Man, Darwin dealt with selection in the 60 CHANGING CONCEPTIONS OF THE COLOURED MAN species.

Important influences upon British attitudes both the extent of popular ignorance about the colonies and their inhabitants, and the carry-over of historical attitudes reaching back to Economic competition was an important the days of slavery. underlying conflict, but 'social prejudice' constituted a subtler Some English persons believe that their social status in the eyes they will jeopardize, if not lose, of their friends and acquaintances by association with a coloured person. likened to the hesitation shown by Their reaction might be a fashionable or highly class- conscious person at being seen talking in public to someone is shabbily dressed or accent.

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