Perspectives on Contemporary Ethnic Conflict

Perspectives on Contemporary Ethnic Conflict : Primal Violence or the Politics of Conviction?

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The existing traditions of inquiry into ethnic conflict can be classified into four categories: essentialism, instrumentalism, constructivism, and institutionalism. All four traditions have a distinguished lineage, but none can really account for the worldwide spread of ethnic violence. We need to move from the local to the macro or global. This book, using methodology from sociology, history, and politics, will present the complexities of ethnic conflict in terms of lingusitics, religion, territory, and tribes in various regions.
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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 144.8 x 231.1 x 33mm | 635.04g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739110853
  • 9780739110850

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This volume is a new path-breaking enterprise both in normative and empirical terms. It is indispensable for public policy makers, diplomats, strategic community and scholars engaged in mind boggling excercises to deal with the complex ethno-political and ethno-religious conflicts with an aim to transform the anarchical world order into a safe, secure and peaceful world. -- B. M. Jain, University of Rajasthan, India A timely volume that helps open our eyes to the reality of ethnic violence which afflicts virtually every country in the world today. One of its many contributions is the implicit warning it gives to those who exaggerate the virtues of multiculturalism. It makes us wonder which is stronger: ethnocenrism or muticulturalism? -- Anthony Parel, University of Calgary
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About Santosh C. Saha

Santosh C. Saha is professor of history at Mount Union College in Ohio.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Toward Contexts More Intricate and Subtle Part 2 Part I: Explaining Ethnic Violence Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Third-Party Intervention in Ethno-Religious Conflict: Role Theory and the Major Powers of South Asia Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Ethnic Violence and the Loss of State Legitimacy: Burma and Indonesia in a Context of Post-colonial Developmentalism Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Not Ethnicity, but Race: Unity and Conflict in Rwanda since the Genocide Chapter 6 Chapter 4: The Hutu-Tutsi Conflict in Rwanda Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Politico-Psychological Dimensions of Ethnic and Poltical Conflicts in India: Conflicting Paradigms at Work Part 8 Part II: Contemporary Regional Ethnic Conflict Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Multifaceted Ethnic Conflicts and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria Chapter 10 Chapter 7: George Town Shuffle: Ethnic Politics of Afro-Guyanese, Amerindians, and Indo-Guyanese in Postcolonial Guyana Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Sudan's Identity Wars and Democratic Route to Peace Chapter 12 Chapter 9: Ethnic Conflict in Mexico: The Zapatistas Chapter 13 Chapter 10: Kurdish Ethnonationalism: A Critical Analysis Chapter 14 Chapter 11: The Roots of Contemporary Ethnic Conflict and Violence in Burundi
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