Ethnicity or ethnic group is a socially defined category based on common culture or nationality.
Among the first to bring the term "ethnic group" into social studies was the German sociologist Max Weber, who defined it as:
[T]hose human groups that entertain a subjective belief in their common descent because of similarities of physical type or of customs or both, or because of memories of colonization and migration; this belief must be important for group formation; furthermore it does not matter whether an objective blood relationship exists.
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