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Dominant minority

A dominant minority is a minority group that has overwhelming political, economic or cultural dominance in a country despite representing a small fraction of the overall population (a demographic minority). Dominant minorities are also known as alien elites if they are recent immigrants.

The term is most commonly used to refer to an ethnic group which is defined along racial, national, religious or cultural lines and that holds a disproportionate amount of power. A notable example is South Africa before 1994, where White South Africans – or Afrikaners more specifically – wielded predominant control of the country despite never composing more than 20% of the population. African American-descended nationals in Liberia, Sunni Arabs in Ba'athist Iraq, the Alawite minority in Syria (since 1970 under the rule of the Alawite Assad family), and the Tutsi in Rwanda since the 1990s have also been cited as current or recent examples.


  • Examples 1
  • See also 2
  • Footnotes 3
  • References 4




See also


  1. ^ Oded Haklai. A minority rule over ahostile majority: The case of Syria. 
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  4. ^ "Bahrain country profile - Overview". BBC. BBC News. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "International Religious Freedom Report for 2013". US State Department. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bahrain: The Authorities Continue to Oppress the Shia Sect". Bahrain Center for Human Rights. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Yasmin Saikia. Fragmented Memories. 
  8. ^ President William V. S. Tubman, 1944 - 1971. 
  9. ^ U.S. Department of State. U.S. Relations With Liberia. 
  10. ^ Nicole Itano. For Liberians, old ties to US linger. 


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  • Russell, Margo and Martin. Afrikaners of the Kalahari: White Minority in a Black State ( Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1979). ISBN 0-521-21897-7
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