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Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict : Shadows of Modernity - Andreas Wimmer

Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict

Shadows of Modernity

Paperback Published: 8th October 2002
ISBN: 9780521011853
Number Of Pages: 332

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Andreas Wimmer argues that nationalist and ethnic politics have shaped modern societies to a far greater extent than has been acknowledged by social scientists. The modern state governs in the name of a people defined in ethnic and national terms. Democratic participation, equality before the law and protection from arbitrary violence were offered only to the ethnic group in a privileged relationship with the emerging nation-state. Depending on circumstances, the dynamics of exclusion took on different forms. Where nation building was 'successful', immigrants and 'ethnic minorities' are excluded from full participation; they risk being targets of xenophobia and racism. In weaker states, political closure proceeded along ethnic, rather than national lines and leads to corresponding forms of conflict and violence. In chapters on Mexico, Iraq and Switzerland, Wimmer provides extended case studies that support and contextualise this argument.

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'... complex and thought-provoking.' Contemporary Political Theory '... subtle ... theoretically rich ... an extremely valuable resource for students of participation and democracy.' Political Studies Review 'Wimmer's knowledge of the relevant historical and social science literature is always impressive ... this expansion of political anthropology beyond the level of the microstudy has to be welcomed.' Anthropos 'Wimmer's book is learned and theoretically wide-ranging, and his perspectives on social closure (Weber's concept) are based on a reformulation of the concept of culture. ... Wimmer's book is ... a stimulating addition to the interdisciplinary literature on nationalism.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Theoretical Explorations
Compromise and closure: a theory of social dynamics
The making of modern communities
State Building and Ethnic Conflict
Who owns the state? Ethnic conflicts after the end of empires
Nationalism and ethnic mobilisation in Mexico
From empire to ethnocracy. Iraq since the Ottomans
The Politics of Exclusion in Nationalised States
Racism and xenophobia
Nationalising multi-ethnic Switzerland
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ISBN: 9780521011853
ISBN-10: 052101185X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 8th October 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.49  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.53