Minority: a definable category of people who are socially disadvantaged: membership in a minority group has two components: the group lacks social power it is definable as being distinct from the majority. Majority: a definable category of people who are socially advantaged they are recognizably different from the majority the defining feature of the majority is that it uses its dominance to control the social system. In canadian society, the dominant group is generally considered to be white males of european descent. South african system of apartheid (cid:894)(cid:862)apart(cid:374)ess(cid:863)(cid:895) (cid:449)herei(cid:374) the (cid:374)u(cid:373)eri(cid:272)all(cid:455) i(cid:374)ferior (cid:449)hite populatio(cid:374) is do(cid:373)i(cid:374)ated by the numerically superior blacks. Members of the minority groups are often stigmatized by members of the dominant group and assigned attributes that do not exist. Race is often considered to be the key differentiation feature of a given minority group. Around the world, minority groups are defined by various cultural and physical characteristics.