The Foundations of Ethnic Politics: Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World by Henry E. Hale | 9780521719209 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Foundations of Ethnic Politics: Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World

The Foundations of Ethnic Politics: Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World

by Henry E. Hale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521719208

ISBN-13: 9780521719209

Pub. Date: 06/30/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Despite implicating ethnicity in everything from civil war to economic failure, researchers seldom consult psychological research when addressing the most basic question: What is ethnicity? The result is a radical scholarly divide generating contradictory recommendations for solving ethnic conflict. Research into how the human brain actually works demands a

Overview

Despite implicating ethnicity in everything from civil war to economic failure, researchers seldom consult psychological research when addressing the most basic question: What is ethnicity? The result is a radical scholarly divide generating contradictory recommendations for solving ethnic conflict. Research into how the human brain actually works demands a revision of existing schools of thought. At its foundation, ethnic identity is a cognitive uncertainty-reduction device with special capacity to exacerbate, but not cause, collective action problems. This produces a new general theory of ethnic conflict that can improve both understanding and practice. A deep study of separatism in the USSR and CIS demonstrates the theory’s potential, mobilizing evidence from elite interviews, three local languages, and mass surveys. The outcome is a significant reinterpretation of nationalism’s role in the USSR’s breakup, which turns out to have been a far more contingent event than commonly recognized. International relations in the CIS are similarly cast in new light.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521719209
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Note on transliteration; 1. Introduction; Part I. Theory with Worldwide Examples: 2. The need for a microfoundational theory of ethnicity; 3. A relational theory: ethnicity is about uncertainty, whereas ethnic politics is about interests; 4. A theory of national separatism in domestic and interstate politics; Part II. Case Comparisons: Separatism in Eurasia: 5. Ethnicity: identity and separatism in the USSR 1917–91; 6. Central state policies and separatism; 7. Framing: manipulating mass opinion in Ukraine and Uzbekistan; 8. Institutionally mediated interests: the political economy of secessionism; 9. Ethnicity and international integration: the CIS 1991–2007; 10. Quantitative evidence: micro-, macro- and multilevel; Part III. Conclusion: 11. Toward a general theory of ethnic conflict and solutions; Index.

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