Ethnicities And Global Multiculture

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Overview

Arguing that ethnicity and multiculturalism are essential for understanding globalization, Jan Nederveen Pieterse offers one of the first sustained treatments of the reach of these key forces beyond a limited national context. He shows that multiethnicity preceded the nation-state by millennia; but argues that states, feeling the threat to their national identities, seek to control or suppress it. Contemporary multiculturalism, another attempt to regulate multiethnicity, is a work in progress in which dramas of global inequality are played out. This groundbreaking book adopts a kaleidoscopic and comparative-historical perspective that intertwines strands of social science and western and non-western research as a strategy to overcome the disciplinary and regional fragmentation of most discussions. Moving beyond worn notions of ethnicity and multiculturalism, Nederveen Pieterse proposes ethnicities and global multiculture as alternative, wide-angle perspectives on cultural diversity. Global multiculture, he convincingly demonstrates, offers a fresh account of layered cultural dynamics amid accelerated globalization.

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Editorial Reviews

Multicultural Review
Recommended as a means of stimulating debate in upper-division social science courses that explore questions of identity, class, and power in the postcolonial world.
David Theo Goldberg
A comprehensive and timely resource for thinking and teaching about the range of issues raised by the question of multiculture. There is no one better positioned for a study with such global reach than Jan Nederveen Pieterse.
Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh
The book is a distillation of years of profound reflection on the interplay between ethnicity and globalization. It is well researched, displays considerable mastery of the literature on the subject, cuts through much conceptional confusion, and offers a most reliable guide to the current state of the world. The beautiful blend of moral passion and sociological realism adds greatly to its value.
May 2008 European Legacy
Pieterse has very effectively analyzed the forces shaping the contemporary world and has connected these dyanmic tensions to the past as well as to a rationally and optimisticaly envisioned future. Here is one of those rare books that scholars in the humanities and the social sciences should read as quickly as possible in order to advance to the next level of scholarly discourse.
Ash Amin
This is an exciting new book from one of the foremost commentators on global cultural change. Jan Nederveen Pieterse explains why growing globalization means a growing quest for ethnicity, faith, and difference, and he begins to outline a multiculture in the service of reconciliation and understanding.
European Legacy
Pieterse has very effectively analyzed the forces shaping the contemporary world and has connected these dynamic tensions to the past as well as to a rationally and optimistically envisioned future. Here is one of those rare books that scholars in the humanities and the social sciences should read as quickly as possible in order to advance to the next level of scholarly discourse.
Bhikhu Parekh
The book is a distillation of years of profound reflection on the interplay between ethnicity and globalization. It is well researched, displays considerable mastery of the literature on the subject, cuts through much conceptional confusion, and offers a most reliable guide to the current state of the world. The beautiful blend of moral passion and sociological realism adds greatly to its value.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742540637
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Ethos and Ethnos
Chapter 2: Deconstructing/Reconstructing Ethnicity
Chapter 3: Social Capital and Migration: Beyond Ethnic Economies
Chapter 4: Many Doors to Multiculturalism
Chapter 5: Politics of Boundaries: Ethnicities, Multiculturalisms
Chapter 6: Multiculturalism and Museums: Representing Others in the Age of Globalization
Chapter 7: Islam and Cosmopolitanism
Chapter 8: Global Multiculture, Flexible Acculturation
Conclusion: Global Multiculture

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