Theories of Ethnicity: A Classical Reader

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From the horrors of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia to debates over multiculturalism, ethnicity has, once again, become a global preoccupation. But what exactly do we mean when we speak of ethnicity? And when and how did ethnicity become such an important area of cultural expression and identification that people are ready to die and to kill for it?

Gathering the work of some of our most original thinkers, Theories of Ethnicity provides, in one convenient volume, the most probing and...

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Overview

From the horrors of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia to debates over multiculturalism, ethnicity has, once again, become a global preoccupation. But what exactly do we mean when we speak of ethnicity? And when and how did ethnicity become such an important area of cultural expression and identification that people are ready to die and to kill for it?

Gathering the work of some of our most original thinkers, Theories of Ethnicity provides, in one convenient volume, the most probing and frequently cited considerations of such topics as the melting pot and pluralism, race and race problems, migration and marginality, assimilation and transnationalism, intermarriage, kinship and religion, boundary-construction and maintenance, and the important role of power relations for ethnicity. Contributors include such intellects as Max Weber, Carl Gustav Jung, Margaret Mead, Georg Simmel, Erik Erikson, Karl Mannheim, Fredrik Barth, and Herbert Gans. Theories of Ethnicity grounds much current sociological, cultural, and political research on ethnicity in a theoretical foundation that has heretofore been lacking, providing an important historical base for ongoing and future work on this timely subject.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814780343
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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Werner Sollors is Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of Afro-American Studies and Chair of the History of American Civilization Program at Harvard University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature, Theories of Ethnicity: A Classical Reader, and Multilingual America: Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of American Literature, all available from NYU Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword: Theories of American Ethnicity
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
1 'Ethnic, ethnical, ethnicity, ethnie, ethnique' Entries from Oxford English Dictionary (1961), Oxford English Dictionary and Supplement (1972) and Grand Robert (1985) 2
2 Ethnicity (1942) 13
3 The Future American (1900) 17
4 On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings (1900) 34
5 The Stranger (1908) and The Web of Group Affiliations (1908) 37
6 Ethnic Groups (1922) 52
7 Democracy versus the Melting-Pot: A Study of American Nationality (1915) 67
8 Trans-National America (1916) 93
9 The Problem of Generations (1928) 109
10 Human Migration and the Marginal Man (1928) 156
11 Race Problems and Modern Society (1929) 168
12 Your Negroid and Indian Behavior (1930) 191
13 The Problem of the Third Generation Immigrant (1938) 202
14 We Are All Third Generation (1942) 216
15 Reflections on the American Identity (1950) 232
16 American Immigrant Groups: Ethnic Identification and the Problem of Generations (1965) 266
17 Kinship, Nationality and Religion in American Culture: Toward a Definition of Kinship (1969) 282
18 Ethnic Groups and Boundaries (1969) 294
19 Insiders and Outsiders: A Chapter in the Sociology of Knowledge (1972) 325
20 The Lesson of Ethnicity (1974) 370
21 Ethnic Identity: Its Logical Foundations and its Dysfunctions (1975) 385
22 Some Comments on the Anthropology of Ethnicity in the United States (1976) 415
23 Symbolic Ethnicity: The Future of Ethnic Groups and Cultures in America (1979) 425
24 Identifying Identity: A Semantic History (1983) 460
Index 489
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