Citizenship, Nationality and Ethnicity

Citizenship, Nationality and Ethnicity : Reconciling Competing Identities

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Most interpretations of ethnicity concentrate either on particular societies or on specific dimensions of "world society". This work takes quite a different approach, arguing for the importance of variations within societies as vital for understanding contemporary dilemmas of ethnicity. The author aims to develop a new analysis of the relation between the nation, on the one hand, and ethnicity and citizenship on the other. Oomen conceives of the nation as a product of the fusion of territory and language. He demonstrates that neither religion nor race alone determine national identities. As territory is seminal for a nation to emerge and exist, the dissociation between people and their "homeland" makes them an ethnie - in effect, a nation within a nation. Citizenship is conceptualized, both as a status to which nationals and ethnies ought to be entitled and as a set of obligations, a role they are expected to play. Analyses of three historical episodes - colonialism and European expansion, proletarian internationalism and the nationality policy of the socialist states, the nation-state and its project of cultural unity - are utilised to provide the empirical content of the argument. This book should be useful for second-year undergraduates and above in the areas of sociology, anthropology and cultural more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 437g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • notes, references, index
  • 0745616194
  • 9780745616193

Table of contents

Part 1 The conceptual kit: the search for clarity; introducing the argument; rethinking citizenship, nationality and ethnicity; avoiding conflations and encapsulations; race and religion - untenable factors in nation formation. Part 2 The empirical process: the trajectory of ethnification; colonialism and the European expansion; proletarian internationalism and the socialist state; nation state and project homogenization; immigration and the chauvinism of prosperity. Part 3 Towards a rapprochement: concepts and reality; reconceptualizing nation and nationality - the cruciality of territory and language; class, nation, ethnie and race - interlinkages; reconciling nationality and ethnicity - the role of more