Ethnic Realignment

Ethnic Realignment : A Comparative Study of Government Influences on Identity

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Ethnic Realignments offers a fresh look at the phenomenon of rapidly changing ethnic identity claims. By focusing on the countries of Australia, China, Malaysia, and India, Matthew Hoddie provides a comparative study arguing that government policies designed to favor one ethnic group over another can influence individuals among the disfavored group to change their "identities" and recast themselves as members of the favored more

Product details

  • Hardback | 187 pages
  • 154.9 x 226.1 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739113259
  • 9780739113257

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This book provides an interesting, and in many ways original, approach to the understanding of ethnic identity formation. The author argues that ethnic identity is malleable, and in detailed and carefully documented case studies of four countries he shows how groups and individuals adjust their identities in response to political opportunities and pressures and policy incentives and constraints. Analyzing the tensions between assimilation and identity maintenance, and discussing how his findings relate to, and challenge, instrumentalist, constructivist, and other explanations, the author makes an important contribution to theorizing about ethnicity. -- William Safran, University of Colorado, Boulder Ethnic Realignments is a short book that clearly articulates its main argument...this is a clear and well-written addition to the debate. Political Studies Review This book is an important addition to our knowledge on the contextual natureof ethnicity. Through a careful examination of census data, Matthew Hoddie reveals the relationship that exists between preferential government policies and ethnic identity change. -- Donald Rothchild, University of California, Davisshow more

About Matthew Hoddie

Matthew Hoddie is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 A Theory of Ethnic Realignment Chapter 2 Documenting Ethnic Realignment Chapter 3 Australia Chapter 4 The People's Republic of China Chapter 5 Malaysia Chapter 6 Assam Chapter 7 Conclusionsshow more