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The phrase 'ethnic group' is now part of daily news and political discourse. More ominously, the term 'ethnic cleansing' has entered the language in the aftermath of the collapse of Yugoslavia. Despite phrases such as this, we often think of ethnic difference as benign_whether exemplified in food, dress, or music. But is it? Are the kinds of sentiments that we call ethnic_or national_as potentially destructive as those we call racist? Are marches and drumbeats heartwarming traditional rituals or the signs of bitter division? Many books on ethnicity and racism have concentrated on a single country. This book takes the reader through key analytical debates drawing on a range of case study material from around the globe, including: Britain and migration; America as a post-slavery society; Hawai'i as a land dispossession society; and Malaysia as a 'plural' post-colonial society. In doing so, it addresses the question of whether there is a universal resurgence of ethnicity and coolly addresses competing theories of ethnicity and racism. Providing the reader with a clear conceptual frame within which to see long-standing debates afresh, it will be of relevance and value to both students in a range of social sciences and to specialists in the field.
"This new edition of Steve Fenton's Ethnicity updates what was in any case one of most acute studies of the relation between ethnicity and other factors such as class. In the New Edition these issues are looked at in a wider context geographically including Latin America and Asia, while also bringing them up to date in the light of contemporary politics, new statistical material and recent theoretical debates."
—John Rex, University of Warwick
"This new edition, even more than the original, is an exceptionally useful teaching tool. It is comprehensive, comprehensible, and concise, the three attributes we all look for when assigning books to our students. While it can serve well for undergraduates being introduced to the analysis of ethnicity, it is also a very good review of the scholarly work in this area so that advanced graduate students would do well to read it."
—Daniel Chirot, University of Washington
Chapter 1 Introduction: Conceptualizing Ethnicity Chapter 2 Ethnicity and the Modern World: Historical Trajectories Chapter 3 Ethnicity and Racism Chapter 4 Hot and Cold Ethnicity: Theories of Origin and Intensity Chapter 5 Radicalization and Ethnicity in the Economic Context Chapter 6 Class Structures, Ethnic Formations: Malaysia, Hawai’i, Britain Chapter 7 Politics and Ethnicity Chapter 8 The Politics of Ethnicity: Hawai’i, Britain, Continental Europe Chapter 9 Concluding Remarks: Ethnicity, Racism, and Social Theory