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British Society Is Not Homogeneous
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In this essay, British society is going to be discussed. However, before starting any further theories about the given topic, it is crucially important to know exactly the meanings of the terms " society " and " homogeneous ". According to the dictionary, society is " a large group of people who live together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things and sharing the work that needs to be done. All the people in a country, or in several similar countries, can be referred to as society " ( Cambridge International Dictionary of English, p. 1370), while the word homogeneous means anything , " consisting of parts that similar to each other " ( Cambridge, p. 680 ). The opposite to it is " heterogeneous " meaning anything , " consisting of various parts that are very different from each other " (Cambridge, p. 665 ). Yet, no two people are the same, it is rather easy to start with a theory that society is not and it cannot be homogeneous because it consists of people. This paper is going to discuss ethnicity, age and classes in British society and in the end, either confirming or disproving the thesis that the society in Britain is not homogeneous.

When looking at Great Britain today, it is of great value to consider the historical continuity, cultural and social development. Various historical references help us to understand the position the United Kingdom after the Second World War. In the nineteenth century, Britain was one of the world powers, its empire consisted of a high number of colonies in Central Africa, the Caribbean nd the Indian subcontinent. By the 1950s, the most of the former " British belongings " had won their independence. However, all the old colonies wanted to carry on with friendly relationships with Britain, and yet highly appreciated the offer to join the British Commnwealth as free and equal members. This is mentioned to help to understand the fact why there is in the UK such a high number of the ethnic monority groups in present times. The reason is that all members of the Commonwealth were, in the post-war periods, encouraged to come to Britain, to work there and to live there.

Even though, the presence of black immigrants in Britain was recorded as early as the sixteenth century, the substantial number of immigrants came to Britain in the middle of the twentieth century, for the reasons which have been already explained above.
 
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Zdroje: Abercrombie, Nicholas and Alan Ward, et. al. Contemporary British Society. Polity Press and Blackwell, 1988, rep. 1992., Cambridge International Dictionary of English. London: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995., " Labour Force Survey ". 1986-1988., McDowall, David. An Illustrated History of Britain. Hong Kong: Longman, 1989, rep. 1991.
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