Arguing that ethnicity and multiculturalism are essential for understanding globalization, Jan Nederveen Pieterse offers one of the first sustained treatments of the reach bof 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.
the book is...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.
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.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 1. Ethos and ethnos Chapter 3 Nation and ethnicity Chapter 4 Ethnicity Part 5 2. Deconstructing/ reconstructing ethnicity Chapter 6 Ethnic identity formation Chapter 7 Varieties of ethnic experience Chapter 8 Politics of ethnicity Chapter 9 Ethnicity endgames Part 10 3. Social capital and migration: Beyond ethnic economies Chapter 11 Social capital Chapter 12 Ethnic economies? Chapter 13 Crosscultural enterprise Chapter 14 In the longue durée Chapter 15 Rainbow economies Chapter 16 Political economies of multiculturalism Part 17 4. Many doors to multiculturalism Chapter 18 Time Chapter 19 So What? Chapter 20 Different differences Chapter 21 Everyday multiculturalism Chapter 22 Multiculturalism and class Chapter 23 Multiculturalism and citizenship Chapter 24 Whither multiculturalism? Part 25 5. Politics of boundaries: Ethnicities, multiculturalisms Chapter 26 Ethnicity as curse or as emancipation Chapter 27 Reflexive ethnicity and parallel universes Chapter 28 Ethnicities Chapter 29 Multiculturalisms Part 30 6. Multiculturalism and museums: Representing others in the age of globalization Chapter 31 Exhibiting strategies Chapter 32 Multiculturalisms Chapter 33 Selves and others Chapter 34 Alternative agendas Chapter 35 Exhibiting power Part 36 7. Islam and cosmopolitanism Chapter 37 Recentering Islam Chapter 38 Decentering Islam Chapter 39 Recentering Islam: McJihad Chapter 40 Islam and U.S. national security Part 41 8. Global multiculture, flexible acculturation Chapter 42 Multiculturalism conflicts Chapter 43 Multicircuit Identification Chapter 44 Global multiculture Part 45 Conclusion: Global multiculture