Global Convulsions

Global Convulsions : Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism at the End of the Twentieth Century

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Global Convulsions affords the reader an array of observations, data, and insights pertaining to both local and global events around the issues of race, ethnicity and nationalism at the end of the twentieth century. It scrutinizes closely the phenomenon of race in both historical and scientific contexts, and calls out a range of sociohistorical forces that have engendered ethnicity and nationalism. Through case studies, the contributors bring into sharp focus an array of ethnic cleavages, the difficulty of the struggle for national rights where language and religion draw a hard ethnic divide, and the actual corrosiveness of ethnicity and nationalism on the state. The enduring value of Global Convulsions lies in its global reach and the patterns that it calls out. It makes plain that the state is no salvation in relation to national chauvinism, ethnic exclusivism, and/or racial paranoia. Indeed, the state, if not the cause, is often a consummative force perpetuating these phenomena. Still, according to the contributors to this volume, the state has much potential to transcend the divides of race, ethnicity, and nationalism. And so, in Global Convulsions does one discern the possibility of "us/them" becoming "us together."
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  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 150.6 x 227.1 x 21.3mm | 498.96g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 079143236X
  • 9780791432365

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"Sectarianism, ethnonationalism, and racialism have divided human populations for centuries, yet, these fabricated, unnecessary, and dangerous formations are rarely addressed in global terms. Global Convulsions redefines the problem in a cross-disciplinary confrontation with the horrors of convulsions." -- Leonard Harris, Purdue University The enduring value of Global Convulsions lies in its global reach and the patterns that it calls out. It makes plain that the state is no salvation in relation to national chauvinism, ethnic exclusivism, and/or racial paranoia. Indeed, the state, if not the cause, is often a consummative force perpetuating these phenomena. Still, according to the contributors to this volume, the state has much potential to transcend the divides of race, ethnicity, and nationalism. And so, in Global Convulsions does one discern the possibility of "us/them" becoming "us together." "The strengths of this book are subject matter and timing. The editor has assembled a most exceptional group of authors whose individual chapters blend together nicely and provide both perspective as well as prescription for a range of issues and concerns that glare at us from the pages of contemporary events and history. Nationalism and its progeny--xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism--are again primary issues for national and international discussion, and this book represents an outstanding contribution to that discussion." -- James F. Barnes, Ohio University
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