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Rethinking Ethnicity : Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities - Eric P. Kaufmann

Rethinking Ethnicity

Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities

Hardcover Published: 10th June 2004
ISBN: 9780415315425
Number Of Pages: 272

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How are dominant ethnic groups, whether majority groups or dominant minorities, responding to the pressures of a global era? Are such groups in decline or are they successfully negotiating or resisting the challenge of new global values?
The impact of liberal globalisation and multiculturalism means that nations are under pressure to transform their national identities from an ethnic to a civic mode. This has led, in many cases, to dominant ethnic decline, but also to its peripheral revival in the form of Far Right politics. At the same time, the growth of mass democracy and the decline of post-colonial and Cold War state unity in the developing world has opened the floodgates for assertions of ethnic dominance. This volume investigates both tendencies and argues forcefully for the importance of dominant ethnicity in the contemporary world.
This volume begins with four conceptual chapters, rich in examples from the past and present, which outline the theoretical foundations of dominant ethnicity. Two further sections present detailed case studies exploring dominant ethnicity in decline, transition and resurgence in North America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. This book will appeal to readers interested in ethnic conflict, citizenship and nationalism.

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"Rethinking Ethnicity is a fascinating collection of studies of political status seeking and status reversal on the part of dominant or once-dominant ethnic groups. With its bountiful array of materials, it presents a panoramic picture of ethnic change and of efforts to thwart." - Donald L. Horowitz, Duke University

Conceptualizing Dominant Ethnicity
Introduction Dominant Ethnicity: From background to foreground Eric Kaufmann
Ethnic Cores and Dominant Ethnies
the Identity and Changing Status of Former Elite Minorities: the contrasting cases of north Indian muslims and American 'WASPs' Theodore Wright
Dominant Ethnicity and Dominant Nationhood: with a focus on Switzerland, Mexico and Iraq
Dominant Ethnicity in Transition
the Decline of the 'WASP' in Canada and the United States
Pure Laine' Qu├Ębecois in Quebec
The Concept of 'Dominant Ethnicity' in the Case of France
the Strange Death of Protestant Britain
Russians as a Dominant Ethnie
Dominant Ethnicity Resurgent
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ISBN: 9780415315425
ISBN-10: 0415315425
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 10th June 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1