The Ethnicity Reader

The Ethnicity Reader : Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Migration

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The Ethnicity Reader offers a comprehensive and challenging selection of readings for students of sociology, politics, international relations and race relations. It presents a highly accessible introduction to the study of ethnicity by providing an original approach to nationalism, multiculturalism and migration. The analysis of the ethnic component present in these three topics distinguishes this reader from others and makes it indispensable to those seeking to understand the relevance of ethnicity as one of the most prominent forces in the modern world. Drawing on a wide range of examples, the selections included examine theories of nationalism and consider issues of ethnic integration and conflict in the USA, Canada, Quebec, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Catalonia among other countries and regions. The reader, however, does not confine itself to the study of nationalism. Many of the selections deal with the role of ethnicity in groups which are not nationalist at all but for which ethnicity is an important factor in the process of migration. The concept of ethnicity is therefore discussed both in relation to group rights in existing nation states and in relation to transnational communities in a globalized world. Contributors include, Anthony D. Smith, John Rex, Eric Hobsbawm, James Clifford, Michael Keating, Franke Wilmer, Benedict Anderson, Will Kymlicka, Etienne Balibar and Michel Wieviorka.show more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 160.53 x 232.66 x 30.48mm | 689.46g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745619223
  • 9780745619224

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Editor's Note. Introduction. Part I: Ethnicity and Nationalism. 1. The Concept of Ethnicity. What is an ethnic group?: Max Weber. Structure and persistence of ethnie: Anthony D. Smith. Ethnicity, race and nation: Thomas Hylland Eriksen. 2. Ethnicity and Nationalism. The nation and the origins of national consciousness: Benedict Anderson. Nationalism as a product of industrial society: Ernest Gellner. An anti-nationalist account of nationalism since 1989: Eric Hobsbawm. 3. Ethnicity and Violence. Causes and implications of ethnic conflict: Michael E. Brown. Conflict in Northern Ireland: W. Harvey Cox. Ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia: Christopher Bennett. 4. Ethnicity and Self-determination. Nations without states: Catalonia, a case study: Montserrat Guibernau. Scotland: towards devolution: James McCormick and Wendy Alexander. Canada and Quebec: two nationalisms in the global age: Michael Keating. First Nations in the USA: Franke Wilmer. Part II: Ethnicity and Self-determination. 5. Multicultural and Plural Societies. The concept of a multicultural society: John Rex. Plural societies: Leo Kuper. 6. Citizenship in Multicultural Societies. Ethnicity in the USA: Will Kymlicka. Multiculturalism in welfare states: the case of Germany: Frank-Olaf Radtke. 7. Migration Theory, Ethnic Mobilization and Globalization. Causes of migration: Douglas S. Massey et al. The nature of ethnicity in the project of migration: John Rex. Diasporas: James Clifford. 8. Racism and Xenophobia. Racism in Europe: unity and diversity: Michel Wieviorka. The liberal retreat from race since the Civil Rights Act: Steven Steinberg. 'Class racism': Etienne Balibar. Index.show more

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"This reader is a fairly comprehensive introduction [and] a useful addition to any reading list for courses on race and ethnicity, and migration and nationalism." Sociologyshow more

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