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Ordinarily just a word for distinguish, separate and differentiate an ordinary phenomenon in handling ordinary issues and elements in everyday life.

But usually and more importantly discrimination is seen through the negative or illegitimate side of the concept, which is both when individual discrimination occurs (i.e. When an individual offers different opportunities to people in equal positions: i.e. as teachers discriminates students) and social discrimination, which is unequal treatment of people potentially equal, depending on ethnicity, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical appearance, physical or psychological disabilities, etc.

Discrimination is closely connected to prejudices. When discrimination is systematically carried out it is seen as social suppression. Formal discrimination is when Nations or Institutions adopts explicit rules, which put limitations on social groups, prohibiting these in optimising their opportunities in life. Non-formal or informal discrimination occurs whenever individuals or groups of people treats or reacts towards other people in a discriminative way, without explicitly having certain ideological or pronounced to refer their behaviour to. (See also ethnic minority group and racism) (TBJ)

 

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