This text discusses key debates in the sociology of ethnicity and race, arguing that ethnicity is culturally expressed and politically and economically contextualised. The historical trajectories of slavery, colonialism and nation-state formation have seen ethnicities and racisms develop along some parallel, and some quite different, lines. Drawing on examples from all around the globe, including Britain, Continental Europe, the USA, Hawaii and Malaysia, this book offers a theoretically informed account of a major sociological issue in a truly international and comparative perspective.
About the Author
STEVE FENTON is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Conceptualising Ethnicity.- Ethnicity and the Modern World.- Ethnicity and Racism.- Hot and Cold Ethnicity: Theories of Origin and Intensity.- Racialisation and Ethnicity in the Economic Context.- Class Structures, Ethnic Formations: Malaysia, Hawaii, Britain.- Politics and Ethnicity.- Politics of Ethnicity: Hawaii, Britain, Europe.- Concluding Remarks: Ethnicity, Racism and Social Theory.