Democracy and Ethnography : Constructing Identities in Multicultural Liberal States

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Examines liberal democracies' involvement in the cultural identification of citizens and the management of difference, using case studies of the US and Spain. Contains sections on diversity and equality in liberal debate, the making of official discourses of identity, and official discourses and professional practice. Topics include the role of folklore and popular culture in the construction of difference in Spain, and diversity as American cultural category. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791439647
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: SUNY series in National Identities Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 305
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: The Ethnography of Democracy and Difference
Carol J. Greenhouse and Davydd J. Greenwood

Part I Diversity and Equality in Liberal Debate

2. Diversity as American Cultural Category
Hervé Varenne

3. The Hypervisible and the Masked: Some Thoughts on the Mutual Embeddedness of "Race" and "Class" in the United States Now
Daniel A. Segal

4. Democracy and Cultural Difference in the Spanish Constitution of 1978
Jesús Prieto de Pedro

5. Disorderly Differences: Recognition, Accommodation, and American Law
Austin Sarat and Roger Berkowitz

Part II The Making of Official Discourses of Identity

6. American Ethnogenesis and the 1990 Census
Dvora Yanow

7. Difference from the People's Point of View
José Antonio Fernández de Rota Monter

8. Porous Borders: Discourses of Difference in Congressional Hearings on Immigration
Phyllis Pease Chock

9. To Be Basque and to Live in Basque Country: The Inequalities of Difference
Jesús Azcona

10. Acceptable Difference: The Cultural Evolution of the Model Ethnic American Citizen
Bonnie Urciuoli

Part III Official Discourses and Professional Practice

11. The Role of Folklore and Popular Culture in the Construction of Difference in Spain
Honorio M. Velasco

12. Linguistic Constructions of Difference and History in the U.S. Law School Classroom
Elizabeth Mertz

13. From Ethnography to Clinical Practice in the Construction of the Contemporary State
Josep M. Comelles


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