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Ethnicity and Nationalism : Anthropological Perspectives - Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Ethnicity and Nationalism

Anthropological Perspectives

Paperback Published: 7th September 2010
ISBN: 9780745330426
Number Of Pages: 256

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Ethnicity and nationalism are pervasive features of the contemporary world, but how far is ethnicity a result of cultural differences, and how much is it in fact dependent on the practical use of, and belief in, such differences? In this book, Thomas Hylland Eriksen demonstrates that far from being an immutable property of groups, ethnicity is a dynamic and shifting aspect of social relationships. Drawing on a wide range of classic and recent studies in anthropology and sociology, Eriksen examines the relationship between ethnicity, class, gender and nationhood and more in a lucid and comprehensive manner.

A core text for all students of social anthropology and related subjects, Ethnicity and Nationalism has been a leading introduction to the field since its original publication in 1993. This new edition - expanded and thoroughly revised - is indispensable to anyone seriously interested in understanding ethnic phenomena. New topics covered include cultural property rights, the role of genetics in the public understanding of identification, commercialisation of identity, and the significance of the internet.

'As a introduction to the study of ethnicity, [this] book will do excellently' -- Ethnologia Scandinavica
'This is a delightful book. The volume is well structured and written in clear and accessible language; it will not be at all surprising if it becomes a major teaching aid and textbook in the field' -- Ephraim Nimni, School of Political Science, University of New South Wales
'An excellent book when it first came out, Ethnicity and Nationalism is an even richer, more subtle book in this new edition' -- Nations and Nationalism

Series Prefacep. viii
Preface to the Third Editionp. ix
Preface to the Second Editionp. x
Preface to the First Editionp. xi
What is Ethnicity?p. 1
The term itselfp. 4
Ethnicity and racep. 5
Ethnicity, nation and classp. 9
The current concern with ethnicityp. 11
From tribe to ethnic groupp. 13
So what is ethnicity?p. 15
Kinds of ethnic relationsp. 17
Analytical concepts and 'native' conceptsp. 20
Ethnic Classification: Us and Themp. 23
The ecology of the cityp. 23
The melting-pot metaphorp. 25
Communicating cultural differencep. 26
Stereotypingp. 28
Folk taxonomies and social distancep. 31
Contrasting and matchingp. 33
Ethnic stigmap. 35
Negotiating identityp. 37
Ethnicity from the individual's point of viewp. 38
Criteria for ethnicityp. 40
The Social Organisation of Cultural Distinctivenessp. 43
Ascription as a decisive feature of ethnicityp. 43
Boundary maintenancep. 45
Boundary transcendence and fluidityp. 46
Degrees of ethnic incorporationp. 48
Ethnicity as resource competitionp. 53
Levels of ethnic incorporationp. 54
The theory of plural societiesp. 57
Ethnicity and hierarchyp. 58
The interrelationship between criteriap. 61
Instrumentalism and its criticsp. 63
A problem of culturep. 66
Ethnic Identification and Ideologyp. 70
Order in the social universep. 72
Anomaliesp. 73
Entrepreneursp. 77
Analog and digital; we and usp. 79
The emergence of ethnic identitiesp. 80
The creation of an ancestral identityp. 83
History and ideologyp. 84
Genetics, kinship and ethnicityp. 87
Social factors in identity processesp. 88
Is a European identity conceivable?p. 89
What do identities do?p. 92
Ethnicity in Historyp. 95
The historical development of ethnic relationsp. 96
Expansions of system boundariesp. 96
Capitalism and individualisationp. 98
The label 'black identity'p. 99
Indians in new worldsp. 101
Ethnic revitalisation: from people to a peoplep. 103
Colonialism and migrationp. 104
The power of namingp. 106
Modern education and ethnic identityp. 109
Ethnicity, history and culturep. 110
History and mythp. 112
Nationalismp. 117
The race to nationp. 117
What is nationalism?p. 119
The nation as a cultural communityp. 122
The political use of cultural symbolsp. 123
Nationalism and industrial societyp. 125
Communication technology and nationhoodp. 126
Nationalism as metaphoric kinshipp. 129
The nation-statep. 131
Nationalism against the statep. 132
Nationalism and the Otherp. 134
The problem of identity boundariesp. 136
Nationalism without ethnicity?p. 140
Nationalism and ethnicity reconsideredp. 144
Minorities and the Statep. 147
Minorities and majoritiesp. 147
Minorities and the statep. 148
The creation of minorities in the modern worldp. 151
Indigeneityp. 152
Territorial conflictp. 153
Stages in ethnogenesisp. 155
Factors in indigenous ethnogenesisp. 157
Immigrant minoritiesp. 159
Boundaries and hybridityp. 161
Culture and economics among migrantsp. 163
Identities and culturep. 167
Ethnicity in the US: race, class and languagep. 168
Minorities and modernityp. 171
Identity Politics, Culture and Rightsp. 174
Dilemmas of ethnic diversityp. 174
Multiculturalism and its criticsp. 176
Beyond the standard paradigm of nation-buildingp. 178
Embedded discourses about culture and pluralismp. 181
Struggles over cultural identity and social integrationp. 184
Diaspora and hybridityp. 186
Transnationalism and long-distance nationalismp. 187
The modernity of Hindutvap. 192
Some generic features of identity politicsp. 194
The Non-Ethnicp. 198
Globalisationp. 199
Social theory and the postmodern worldp. 202
Changes in the world of intergroup relationsp. 204
Globalisation and localisationp. 206
Identities and loyaltiesp. 209
Gender, ethnicity and nationhoodp. 211
Beyond ethnicity?p. 213
The end of ethnicity?p. 215
The eye of the beholderp. 218
Bibliographyp. 220
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780745330426
ISBN-10: 0745330428
Series: Anthropology, Culture and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 7th September 2010
Publisher: Pluto Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised