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Rethinking Ethnicity

Second Edition


January 2008 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"A welcome and brilliantly crafted overview of this field. It represents a major advance in our understanding of how ethnicity works in specific social and cultural contexts. The second edition will be an invaluable resource for both students and researchers alike."
- John Solomos, City University, London

The first edition of Rethinking Ethnicity quickly established itself as a popular text for students of ethnicity and ethnic relations. This fully revised and updated second edition adds new material on globalization and the recent debates about whether ethnicity matters and ethnic groups actually exist.

While ethnicity - as a social construct - is imagined, its effects are far from imaginary. Jenkins draws on specific examples to demonstrate the social mechanisms that construct ethnicity and the consequences for people's experience.

Drawing upon rich case study material, the book discusses such issues as: the 'myth' of the plural society; postmodern notions of difference; the relationship between ethnicity, 'race' and nationalism; ideology; language; violence and religion; and the everyday construction of national identity.

 
PART ONE: ARGUMENTS
 
Chapter 1: Anthropology and Ethnicity
Locating Social Anthropology  
Locating Ethnicity  
 
Chapter 2: From Tribes to Ethnic Groups
Groups and Boundaries Revisited  
 
Chapter 3: Myths of Pluralism
South and West Wales as a Case in Point  
Modernity and Globalization  
 
Chapter 4: Ethnicity Etcetera
The Communal, the Local, the National, the Global  
Culture and Biology  
Redrawing the Boundaries  
 
Chapter 5: Categorisation and Power
Groups and Categories  
Social Categorization  
Contexts of Ethnic Categorization  
Categorization and Power  
 
Chapter 6: Ideologies of Identification
Group Identification and Social Categorization (again)  
Ethnicity and 'Race'  
Ideologies of Identification  
 
PART TWO: EXPLORATIONS
 
Chapter 7: Majority Ethnicity
The Foundations of Modern Ulster Ethnicity: The Plantation  
The Consolidation of Ethnic Domination: The Industrial Revolution  
Organized Labour and the Manipulation of Ethnicity  
Culture and Economic Advantage?  
 
Chapter 8: The 'Cultural Stuff'
Varieties of Religious Conflict  
Religious Differences and Conflict in Northern Ireland  
Ethnicity, Politics and Religion  
 
Chapter 9: Violence, Language and Politics
Northern Ireland and Wales  
The Violence of Politics  
The Politics of Language  
Some Explanatory Options  
 
Chapter 10: Nation and Nationalisms
Ethnicity and Nationalism  
Nationalism in Three Countries  
Wales  
Northern Ireland  
Denmark  
Identity, Ideology and the Everyday  
 
Rethinking Ethnicity

This is one of the essential books on ethnicity. Broad in scope and detailed enough to benefit from the anthropological approach throughout the book.

Mr Noel Clycq
Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies, University of Antwerp
April 9, 2015

I would recommend this book for undergraduate and postgraduate courses on ethnicity and nationalism.

Dr Robin Mann
School of Social Sciences, Bangor University
May 8, 2013

Very insightful text ideal for undergraduate programme

Ms Melanie Feek
community & youth, College of St Mark and St John
June 19, 2012

This book unfortunately is unsuitable for the Education Studies degree.

Miss Danielle Chavrimootoo
Department Education, Bradford College
August 17, 2011

This book will offer my students an excellent resource when they need to explore the concept of ethnicity in more detail. It has a certain self-reflexivity (eg. giving quite a bit of weight to how the notion of ethnicity has emerged and is debated in scholarship) which is important but may lose some students who are new to the area and need a more introductory text, so I would include this on my reading lists as a supplemental rather than essential text.

Dr Sarah Cheang
Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion
October 25, 2009

Did not cover all of the areas I needed for the course. The book did have some very good sections.

Professor Jan Rezek
Social Science Dept, West Virginia University Institute of Technology
October 1, 2009

Published 10 years after the First Edition, the Second Edition is completely revised to take account of topical issues (globalization, violence), recent debates (does ethnicity exist?) and political developments.

Chapters 1-6 (the theoretical chapters) are all updated, with new references and an up to date bibliography too.

Chapter 2 includes a new section about the debate on whether ethnicity exists.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF


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