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The phrase 'ethnic groupO is now part of daily news and political discourse. More ominously, the term Oethnic cleansingO 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; HawaiOi as a land dispossession society; and Malaysia as a OpluralO 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.
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Editorial Reviews

[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.
[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.
From the Publisher
"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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847695294
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: New Social Formations Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (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

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
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