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In this extensively revised edition, Steve Fenton updates his concise and accessible introduction to ethnicity, drawing on new published work and recent social and historical changes. Discussing an extended range of theorists and illustrations from around the world, Fenton explores clarifies the core meanings and the shifting ground of this contested concept. More space is given to ideas of 'threat' and 'competition' in conceptualizing ethnicity, as well as to recent issues in migration, especially increased migration to the USA from Central and South America. Fenton situates ethnic identities and interest in the changing modern world, and seeks to explain the contemporary conditions that lead to delineation along ethnic and racial lines. Without assuming the centrality of ethnic difference, this book asks: Does it matter? When does it matter? Is it as important as many have assumed?

The second edition of Fenton's highly regarded Ethnicity will continue to be an invaluable text for students of sociology, politics and international relations coming to the subject for the first time. Its innovative and challenging approach will also appeal to more advanced scholars of race and ethnicity.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A lucidly written and consistently informative text, which sets out the sociological stall for the concept of ethnicity in an admirably concise and intelligent way." (Ethnic and Racial Studies, July 2004)

"A tour de force." (The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies)

"This book is an important contribution to the literature on ethnicity, and enlightening to students of nationalism." (Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism)

Choice
[A] wide ranging and articulate disquisition on the state of ethnic studies. . . . Fenton should be commended.
Contemporary Sociology
Fenton's attempt to make the notion of ethnicity both dynamic and historically specific makes a useful contribution to the development of more lively and situated approach to this urgent topic. Greater insights into contextual detail is a vital first step; this book reminds us of its importance and illustrates the direction we might follow in beginning to deal with this extremely important and urgent topic.
Brad Breems
Given the fluidity and confusion in both popular and non-specialized scholarly treatments of [social] difference, Fenton's book does great service in unambiguously, yet profoundly, distinguishing and unpacking the terms "race" and "ethnicity". His use and amplification of Erikson's typology is brilliant.
CHOICE
[A] wide ranging and articulate disquisition on the state of ethnic studies. . . . Fenton should be commended.
Peter Ratcliffe
This book in many ways represents a remarkable achievement. This is a book which has much to commend it.
Joe Feagin
Fenton challenges us to think in comparative terms about contemporary racial-ethnic conflicts. Accenting historical, political, and economic variations, he underscores the broad range of racial-ethnic conflicts and changes today—from indigenous peoples and ethnonational groups to ethnic groups in plural societies, urban minorities, and post-slavery minorities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745622873
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/4/2003
  • Series: Polity Key Concepts in the Social Sciences Series , #1
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Fenton is currently professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol. He has taught in universities in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand, where he was a visiting British Council Scholar at Massey University. He is the author of Durkheim and Modern Sociology.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Ethnos: Descent and Culture Communities 13
2 Discourses of Ethnicity in Three Settings: The USA, the UK and Malaysia 25
3 The Demise of Race: The Emergence of 'Ethnic' 51
4 The Primordialism Debate 73
5 Key Points in the Ethnicity Literature 91
6 Migration, Ethnicity and Mobilization 113
7 Conditions of Ethnicity: Global Economy and Precarious States 135
8 States, Nations and the Ethnic Majority: A Problem of Modernity 160
9 Ethnicity and Modernity: General Conclusions 179
Bibliography 198
Index 210
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