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Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

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Ethnicity and nationalism are pervasive features of the contemporary world, but how far is ethnicity a result of cultural differences, and how much is it in fact dependent on the practical use of, and belief in, such differences? In this book, Thomas Hylland Eriksen demonstrates that far from being an immutable property of groups, ethnicity is a dynamic and shifting aspect
Paperback, Second Edition, 224 pages
Published September 20th 2002 by Pluto Press (first published 1993)
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Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an extremely useful, empirically well informed introductory overview that adds significantly to our body of knowledge in the ethnicity and nationalism studies area by weaving together approaches to and understandings of ethnicity, nations and nationalsm, and anthropology.

The surprising thing I find is that so much of ethnicity and nationalism studies (my work area) fails to take account of anthropological understandings and approaches. While Erikson clearly has his view, he is fair to th
Mohamed Nida نيده
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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وجهات نظر في العرقية: منشأها ودورها وصيرورتها.. يمكن القول بأن الحداثة والعولمة عملا على ضرب البشر في خلاط لخلق نوع من التجانس. لكن ما حدث هو أن حدث تقارب نتيجة تطور تكنولوجيا الاتصال، وفي المقابل ظهر الاختلاف وتم التشديد عليه وإبراز هذا التنوع. ويعبر عن هذا بقوله: "إن العولمة تجعل الناس متماثلين أكثر فأكثر، ولكن كلما أصبحنا أكثر تماثلًا، حاولنا أن نكون مختلفين أكثر. ولكن، كلما حاولنا أن نكون مختلفين أكثر، أصبحنا أكثر تماثلًا، من حيث إن الحركات العرقية أينما كانت تبنى على ذات قواعد التفرّد." وتج ...more
Hussam Al Husseini
The book highlights a very important topic which is ethnicity. What interested me the most is how ethnicity is situational. It is like an illusion in our minds that, if left undetected, can control our lives. However, I found the last three chapters useless, as a layperson for sure!
Hanipal Hamilcar
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
العرقية هي نتاج اجتماعي وثقافي وأسهم الانثروبولوجيون في انتاجه
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Thomas Hylland Eriksen (born 6 February 1962) is professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo. Born in Oslo, he has done field work in Trinidad and Mauritius. His fields of research include identity, nationalism, globalisation and identity politics. Eriksen finished his dr. polit.-degree in 1991, and was made professor in 1995, at the age of 33. In the years 1993-2001 he was editor o ...more
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“The North American situation, while different from the Brazilian one, reflects a similar complexity and ambiguity in the relationship between race and ethnicity. Whereas Brazilians have a great number of terms used to designate people of varying pigmentation, the ‘one-drop principle’ prevalent in the USA entails that people are either black or white, and that ‘a single drop of black blood’ (sic) contaminates an otherwise pale person and makes him or her black. Conversely, ethnic identity in the USA is, as mentioned above, not necessarily correlated with ‘race’. At the same time, African- American identities are associated” 1 likes
“The term ‘race’ has deliberately been placed within inverted commas in order to stress that it is not a scientific term. Whereas it was for some time fashionable to divide humanity into four main races, and racial labels are still used to classify people in some countries (such as the USA), modern genetics tends not to speak of races. There are two principal reasons for this. First, there has always been so much interbreeding between human populations that it would be meaningless to talk of fixed boundaries between races. Second, the distribution of hereditary physical traits does not follow clear boundaries (Cavalli-Sforza et al., 1994). In other” 1 likes
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