Ethnicity / Steve Fenton.

By: Fenton, Steve, 1942-Material type: TextTextSeries: Key concepts (Polity Press): Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Oxford ; Malden, MA : Polity ; Blackwell, c2003Description: x, 220 p. ; 23 cmISBN: 0745622860 (hb); 9780745622866 (hb); 0745622879 (pb); 9780745622873 (pb)Subject(s): Ethnicity | Ethnic relations | Race relationsDDC classification: 305.8 LOC classification: GN495.6 | .F46 2003Other classification: 71.62 | MS 3530
Contents:
Ethnos: descent and culture communities -- Discourses of ethnicity in three settings: the USA, the UK, and Malaysia -- The demise of race: the emergence of 'ethnic' -- The primordialism debate -- Key points in the ethnicity literature -- Migration, ethnicity and mobilization -- Conditions of ethnicity: global economy and precarious states -- States, nations and the ethnic majority: a problem of modernity -- Ethnicity and modernity: general conclusions.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [198]-209) and index.

Ethnos: descent and culture communities -- Discourses of ethnicity in three settings: the USA, the UK, and Malaysia -- The demise of race: the emergence of 'ethnic' -- The primordialism debate -- Key points in the ethnicity literature -- Migration, ethnicity and mobilization -- Conditions of ethnicity: global economy and precarious states -- States, nations and the ethnic majority: a problem of modernity -- Ethnicity and modernity: general conclusions.

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Fenton (Univ. of Bristol) explores and clarifies the role of ethnicity in modern states through a detailed examination of its place in three different settings: the US, Malaysia, and the UK. The dual aim of his excellent little volume is, first, to provide a clear introduction to the field of ethnicity, and second, to assess the place of ethnicity in our increasingly globalized world. The initial chapters devoted to the history of ethnic theory are invaluable in situating ethnic discourse in that wider domain of collective identities that includes race, culture, and nationality. All share much in common as contested concepts that mutate in response to political circumstances and social changes. The US and British cases make for a particularly interesting comparison, since the discourse on "race" in the UK is essentially a post-WW II phenomenon, while it has been at the core of how Americans have conceptualized themselves since before the Revolution. The Malaysian example is valuable both in its own right and for the insights it offers on how postcolonial states have attempted to address issues of diversity. This most useful volume is that rare commodity: a scholarly, yet accessible, introductory text. The "Key Concepts" series deserves to be better known. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels and collections. O. Pi-Sunyer University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Steve Fenton is Professor of Sociology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol.

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