Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities / Edition 1

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The winds of liberal globalisation and multiculturalism have compelled nations to transform their identities from an ethnic to a civic mode. This has led, in many cases, to dominant ethnic decline, but also to its peripheral revival in the form of Far Right politics. At the same time, the growth of mass democracy and the decline of post-colonial and Cold War state unity in the developing world has opened the floodgates for assertions of ethnic dominance. This volume investigates both tendencies and argues forcefully for the importance of dominant ethnicity in the contemporary world.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Rethinking Ethnicity is a fascinating collection of studies of political status seeking and status reversal on the part of dominant or once-dominant ethnic groups. With its bountiful array of materials, it presents a panoramic picture of ethnic change and of efforts to thwart." - Donald L. Horowitz, Duke University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415315425
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/10/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric P. Kaufmann is Lecturer in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also the author of The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America: The Decline of Dominant Ethnicity in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : dominant ethnicity : from background to foreground 1
1 Ethnic cores and dominant ethnies 17
2 The identity and changing status of former elite minorities : the contrasting cases of North Indian Muslims and American WASPs 31
3 Dominant ethnicity and dominant nationhood 40
4 The decline of the WASP in the United States and Canada 61
5 'Pures laines' Quebecois : the concealed ethnicity of dominant majorities 84
6 The concept of 'dominant ethnicity' in the case of France 102
7 The strange death of Protestant Britain 116
8 Russians as a dominant ethnie 136
9 Citizenship, immigration and ethnic hegemony in Japan 159
10 Towards a theory of ethnocratic regimes : learning from the Judaization of Israel/Palestine 179
11 'Majority ethnic' claims and authoritarian nationalism : the case of Hindutva 198
12 The dynamics of ethnic minority domination in Fiji 221
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