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This perspective focuses on that component of the post-war migrant labor force drawn from ex-British colonies. Thus, British scholars have investigated the conflict relationship between class and race relations, and the extent to which the colonial 'immigrants' have been incorporated into the British class structure. Similar studies have been carried out in other European countries that have been receiving foreign immigrants (cf. Amersfoort, 1974/1982). There are other sociological studies in which the main purpose is to record historical trends and developments of immigrant groups in various societies.

Giles, 1977; Giles & Johnson, 1981). Individuals' second language competence, along with other factors, in interethnic situations has been explained by Giles and Johnson (1981, 1986) as negatively related to the strength of identification with their own ethnic group. In other words, immigrants or sojourners whose 'claim' of membership in their home culture is weaker are likely to develop a greater competence in the host language (cf. Mercer, Mead & Mears, 1979). Relatedly, research on 'ethnolinguistic vitality' has shown that the perceived strength or potency of the language of an ethnic group influences the degree to which its members will emphasise their ethnic identity in intercultural encounters (Giles, Bourhis & Taylor, 1977).

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