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The Rising Tide of Cultural Pluralism: The Nation-State at Bay?
     

The Rising Tide of Cultural Pluralism: The Nation-State at Bay?

by Crawford Young (Editor)
 

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    Two decades after the publication of his prize-winning book, The Politics of Cultural Pluralism, Crawford Young and a distinguished panel of contributors assess the changing impact of cultural pluralism on political processes around the world, specifically in the former Soviet Union, China, United States, India, Ethiopia, and

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    Two decades after the publication of his prize-winning book, The Politics of Cultural Pluralism, Crawford Young and a distinguished panel of contributors assess the changing impact of cultural pluralism on political processes around the world, specifically in the former Soviet Union, China, United States, India, Ethiopia, and Guatemala.  The result is an arresting look at the dissolution of the nation-state system as we have known it.
    Crawford Young  opens with an overview of the dramatic rise in the political significance of cultural pluralism and of scholars’ changing understanding of what drives and shapes ethnic identification.  Mark Beissinger brilliantly explains the demise of the last great empire-state, the USSR, while Edward Friedman notes growing challenges to the apparent cultural homogeneity of China.  Nader Entessar suggests intriguing contrasts in Azeri identity politics in Iran and the ex-USSR.  Ronald Schmidt and Noel Kent explore the language and racial dimensions of the rising multicultural currents in the United States.  Douglas Spitz shows the extent of the decline of the old secular vision of India of the independence generation; Alan LeBaron traces the recent emergence of an assertive Mayan identity among a submerged populace in Guatemala, long thought to be destined for Ladinoization.  A case study of the diversity and uncertain future of Ethiopia dramatically emerges from four contrasting contributions: Tekle Woldemikael looks at the potential cultural tensions in Eritrea, Solomon Gashaw offers a central Ethiopian nationalist perspective, Herbert Lewis reflects the perspectives of a restless and disaffected periphery, and James Quirin provides an arresting explanation of the construction of identity amongst the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews).  Virginia Sapiro steps back from specific regions, offering an original analysis of the interaction between cultural pluralism and gender.

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The Rising Tide of Cultural Pluralism is a major contribution to the rapidly growing literature on the evident strength of national movements.  By providing excellent, detailed surveys in the major world regions (U. S. and Communist Bloc) affected by the new nationalism, and a close examination of a highly interesting Third-World situation, Young has produced a collection very different from and more useful than any other.”—John A. Armstrong, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Booknews
Something of a companion volume to Young's 1976 The Politics of Cultural Pluralism, containing papers developed from presentations at the NEH-sponsored 1990 Summer Seminar for College Teachers, with additional contributions from U. of Wisconsin specialists, and an introductory overview chapter by Young. No longer restricted to observation of the third world, the theme of a transforming relationship between cultural pluralism and the nation-state is addressed by scholars with a number of regional, disciplinary, and conceptual perspectives, and includes several studies focusing upon the US and former Soviet Union, along with chapters on China, India, Ethiopia, and Guatemala. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299138844
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Crawford Young is the Rupert Emerson Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  His many books include Politics in the Congo, Ideology and Development in Africa, The Politics of Cultural Pluralism, and The Rise and Decline of the Zairian State, coauthored with Thomas Edwin Turner, the last two published with the University of Wisconsin Press.

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