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The Ethnicity Reader: Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Migration, 2nd Edition

Montserrat Guibernau (Editor), John Rex (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-7456-4701-2
348 pages
January 2010, Polity
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The second edition of The Ethnicity Reader offers a comprehensive and engaging selection of readings for students of sociology, politics, international relations and race relations. Updated with a large proportion of new readings and extended editorial summaries, the reader analyses the ethnic component present in nationalism, multiculturalism and migration, making it indispensable to those seeking to understand the relevance of ethnicity as one of the most prominent forces in the modern world.

Drawing on a wide range of examples, the selections included examine theories of nationalism and consider issues of ethnic integration and conflict in the USA, Middle East, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Quebec and Catalonia among other countries and regions. The concept of ethnicity, however, is discussed not only in relation to group rights in existing nation-states: many of the selections deal with the role of ethnicity in groups which are not nationalist at all but for which ethnicity is an important factor in the process of migration, extending the focus to transnational communities in a globalized world.

Contributors include Benedict Anderson, Etienne Balibar, James Clifford, Eric Hobsbawm, Michael Keating, Will Kymlicka, Tariq Modood, John Rex, Anthony D. Smith, Michel Wieviorka, and Franke Wilmer.

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Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Part 1 Ethnicity and Nationalism.

1 The Concept of Ethnicity.

What is an ethnic group? (Max Weber).

Structure and persistence of Ethnie (Anthony D. Smith).

Ethnicity without groups (Rogers Brubaker).

Ethnicity, race and nation (Thomas Hylland Eriksen).

2 Ethnicity and Nationalism.

The nation and the origins of national consciousness (Benedict Anderson).

Nationalism as a product of industrial society (Ernest Gellner).

An anti-nationalist account of nationalism since 1989 (Eric Hobsbawm).

3 Ethnicity and Violence.

Causes and implications of ethnic conflict (Michael E. Brown).

State collapse and the rise of identity politics in Iraq (Toby Dodge).

Ethnicity and the emergence of Somaliland (Mark Bradbury).

4 Ethnicity and Self-determination.

Catalonia: Nationalism and intellectuals in nations without states (Montserrat Guibernau).

Scotland: The importance of raising your own revenues (Russell Mellett).

Quebec and Canada: Understanding the federal principle (Alain-G Gagnon and Raffaele Iacovino).

Galicia: economic backwarness and nationalist revival (Ramón Máiz).

First Nations in the USA (Franke Wilmer).

The Kurds in Iraq and Iran (M.R. Izady).

Part II Multiculturalism, Migration and Racism.

5 Multicultural and Plural Societies.

The concept of a multicultural society (John Rex).

Plural societies (Leo Kuper).

What is multiculturalism? (Bhikhu Parekh).

Multiculturalism, liberal citizenship and national identity: on British Muslims (Tariq Modood).

6 Citizenship, Assimilation and Multiculturalism.

Ethnicity and liberalism in the USA (Will Kymlicka).

The 'hispanic' challenge to American identity (Samuel Huntington).

Rethinking assimilation theory (Richard Alba and Victor Nee).

Multiculturalism in welfare states: the case of Germany (Frank-Olaf Radtke).

'Culturalism' and 'Nationalism' in modern China (Ma Rong).

7 Migration in the Global Age.

Causes of migration (Douglas S. Massey et Al.).

Diasporas (James Clifford).

Transnational Migrant Brokerage in China (Li Minghuan).

8 Racism and Xenophobia.

Racism in Europe: unity and diversity (Michel Wieviorka).

The liberal retreat from race since the Civil Rights Act (Stephen Steinberg).

'Class racism' (Étienne Balibar).

Index.

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Montserrat Guibernau is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London

John Rex is Professor Emeritus at Warwick University

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  • Revised edition of a popular, comprehensive and accessible introduction to the study of ethnicity.
  • Draws on a wide variety of sources including theories of ethnicity and issues of ethnic conflict in the USA, Middle East, Northern Ireland, Quebec and Scotland.
  • Provides an original approach to nationalism, multiculturalism and migration, and how these interact with ethnicity.
  • Includes contributions from scholars such as Anthony D. Smith, John Rex, Michael Keating, Will Kymlicka and Ernest Gellner.
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"The new edition of Montserrat Guibernau and John Rex's Ethnicity Reader makes it the most useful volume of its kind available at present: its range is marvellous, its texts the most important and the most recent in the field."
John A. Hall, McGill University

"Guibernau and Rex have put together a superb collection of writings on ethnicity. They have selected from the best historical and contemporary scholarship on this fraught issue, covering a wide range of topics, from citizenship to violence. Most importantly, the variety of contributions spans the globe. The Ethnicity Reader is an excellent resource for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide range of disciplines."
Eric D. Weitz, University of Minnesota

"The wide-ranging coverage of contemporary issues of 'ethnic' conflict and integration is what distinguishes this reader. It is a welcome addition to our course reading lists."
Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex
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