Ethnicity and Sociopolitical Change in Africa and Other Developing Countries

Ethnicity and Sociopolitical Change in Africa and Other Developing Countries : A Constructive Discourse in State Building

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This edited book on constructive ethnicity argues that the modernizing state system in developing countries unduly denies a legitimate place to the linguistic and ethnic groups who, despite habitual attachment to ethnic groups, might meaningfully help the slow process of state building. Here ethnicity is characterized as positive, and as such, moral and pragmatic. Despite ethnicity's natural inclination to polarization, a national community can be reconstructed, as is exemplified by recent events in Rwanda, Cyprus, India, Palestine, and more

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  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 136 x 230 x 18mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739123327
  • 9780739123324

About Santosh C. Saha

Santosh C. Saha is professor of history at Mount Union College in more

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Saha has put together an impressive set of new articles and essays that challenge the conventional pessimistic view of ethnicity as a negative force in African and other developing nations, instead illustrating the positive role of ethnicity in political and social life. This is a refreshing perspective on the value of ethnic diversity at a time when ethnicity is too often cited as the primary source of social ills and conflict. It is therefore a valuable book for anyone seeking a more balanced perspective on the multifaceted-and potentially positive-role of ethnicity in the developing world. -- Clayton D. Peoples, University of Nevada, Renoshow more

Table of contents

Part 1 African Countries Chapter 2 Moral Ethnicity in Sub-Saharan African National Identity Issues: Ethnicity and State-Building Chapter 3 Reconstructing or Dismantling the Nation? A New Rwanda Chapter 4 Education for Social Change in Burundi and Rwanda: Creating a National Identity beyond the Politics of Ethnicity Chapter 5 Rwanda-Burundi's "National-Ethnic" Dilemma: Democracy, Deep Divisions and Conflict Re-Represent Chapter 6 Overstating the Connection between Ethnicity and Military Coups d'Etats in Africa: A Meta-analysis Part 7 Other Developing Countries Chapter 8 Third-Party Intervention in Ethnic Conflict: Turkey's Intervention in Cyprus and Role Theory Chapter 9 Ethnicity and the Role of Education as a Mechanism for National Unity in China Chapter 10 Ethnic and Civil Nationhood in India: Concept, History, Institutional Innovations and Contemporary Challenges Chapter 11 The Palestinians and the Kurds: A Comparative Analysis Part 12 Bibliography Part 13 Contributors Part 14 Indexshow more