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The Sociology of Ethnicity
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The Sociology of Ethnicity

First Edition


March 2004 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This book offers an original synthesis of existing knowledge, pointing forward in a manner that could influence a new generation’s conception of the field and its agenda. If it attracts the attention it merits, it could prove one of the most important books about ethnic and racial relations since the nineteen-eighties."
- Michael Banton, Ethnic and Racial Studies


"Malesevic provides a thorough and balanced account of the sociological foundations of the study of ethnicity... His presentation is as critical and engaging as it is easy to read and logically organized. It is invaluable reading for sociologists."
- Jon Fox, British Journal of Sociology

Spanning classical sociology to current debates, The Sociology of Ethnicity synthesizes the leading sociological interpretations of ethnic relations and provides a coherent theoretical framework for its analysis.

In this thoughtful and accessible text, Sinisa Malesevic assesses the explanatory strength of a range of sociological theories in understanding ethnicity and ethnic conflict. While acknowledging that there is no master key or blue-print to deal with each and every case of interethnic group relations, The Sociology of Ethnicity develops the best strategy to bridge epistemological and policy requirements for interethnic group relations.  

The Sociology of Ethnicity will be required reading for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates studying ethnicity and race in sociology and across the social sciences.
 
Introduction
 
Classical Sociological Theory and Ethnicity
 
Neo-Marxism
Capitalism, Class and Culture

 
 
Functionalism
Ethnicity, Modernization and Social Integration

 
 
Symbolic Interactionism
The Social Construction of Ethnic Group Reality

 
 
Sociobiology
Ethnic Groups as Extended Families

 
 
Rational Choice Theory
Ethnic Group Membership as an Individual Gain

 
 
Elite Theory
Ethnicity as a Political Resource

 
 
Neo-Weberian Theory
Ethnicity as a Status Privilege

 
 
Anti-Foundationalist Approaches
Deconstructing Ethnicity

 
 
Sociological Theory and Ethnic Relations
Where to go from Here?

 

Malesevic has written a masterwork. Indeed, The Sociology of Ethnicity will rapidly become required reading, especially for those seeking an introduction to the field. Its structure and style promise to make it appealing and useful in a range of courses
Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism


Malesevic is always compelling. He evenhandedly fulfills his stated purpose of surveying the leading theories on ethnicity. In doing so, Malesevic introduces the reader to a vast range of first-rate thinkers
Tony Osborne
Communication Research Trends


This book offers an original synthesis of existing knowledge, pointing forward in a manner that could influence a new generation’s conception of the field and its agenda. If it attracts the attention it merits, it could prove one of the most important books about ethnic and racial relations since the nineteen-eighties
Michael Banton
Ethnic and Racial Studies


Malesevic provides a thorough and balanced account of the sociological foundations of the study of ethnicity... an impressive survey… His presentation is as critical and engaging as it is easy to read and logically organized. It is invaluable reading for sociologists
Jon Fox
British Journal of Sociology

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