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Rethinking Ethnicity 2ed

by Richard Jenkins SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
01/2008
ISBN:
9781412935838
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Pbk 224 pages
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'This book is a welcome and brilliantly crafted overview of this field. It represents a major advance in our understanding of how ethnicity works in specific social and cultural contexts. The second edition will be an invaluable resource for both students and researchers alike' - John Solomos, City University, London
The first edition of Rethinking Ethnicity quickly established itself as a popular text for students of ethnicity and ethnic relations. This fully revised and updated second edition adds new material on globalization and the recent debates about whether ethnicity matters and ethnic groups actually exist.

While ethnicity - as a social construct - is imagined, its effects are far from imaginary. Jenkins draws on specific examples to demonstrate the social mechanisms that construct ethnicity and the consequences for people's experience. Drawing upon rich case study material, the book discusses such issues as: the 'myth' of the plural society; postmodern notions of difference; the relationship between ethnicity, 'race' and nationalism; ideology; language; violence and religion; and the everyday construction of national identity. The result is a compact, refreshing and stimulating enquiry into an indispensable concept for making sense of the contemporary world.

Table of Contents:

PART ONE: ARGUMENTS

Anthropology and Ethnicity

From Tribes to Ethnic Groups

Myths of Pluralism

Ethnicity Etcetera

Categorisation and Power

Ideologies of Identification

PART TWO: EXPLORATIONS

Majority Ethnicity

The `Cultural Stuff'

Violence, Language and Politics

Nation and Nationalisms

Richard Jenkins is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield. His previous publications include: Racism and Recruitment (Cambridge University Press, 1986); Pierre Bourdieu (Routledge, 1992); and Social Identity (Routledge, 1996).