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Ethnic Phenomenon

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ISBN-10: 0275927091

ISBN-13: 9780275927097

Edition: N/A

Authors: Pierre L. Van den Berghe

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Van den Berghe contends that intergroup relations are reducible to individuals competing for scarce resources. While social classes are grouped according to common material interests, ethnic groups are organized by real or punitive common descent--ultimately on the basis of common interests. The author argues that ethnic nepotism is, at its very foundation, biological. This new approach is expanded further, taking into account how ethnicity is responsive to a wide spectrum of environmental factors. He analytically relates his own ideological biases to the substance of his work. What results is an intensely personal book of monumental scope and admirable intellectual honesty.
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List price: $36.95
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 8/19/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Donald W. Meinig is the Maxwell Research Professor in the Department of Geography at Syracuse University. Over the past two decades, he has become one of the worlds most prolific and best historical geographers. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1953 from the University of Washington, he has focused his research on the historical geography of North America and its various subregions. From his work on the Southwest from Texas to the Columbia River Valley, and through his ongoing three-volume project on the broad epochs of American historical development, Meinig's work is critically praised for showcasing vividly the interrelationships between geography and history.

Introduction: Theories and Ideologies of Ethnic Relations An Explanatory Framework Ethnicity as Kin Selection: The Biology of Nepotism Ethnicity and Resource Competition: The Ecology of Territoriality and Specialization Ethnicity and Coercion: The Politics of Hierarchy Some Recurrent Situations Colonial Empires S lavery M iddleman Minorities Caste Consociationalism Assimilation
The Formation, Persistence and Demise of Ethnicity Ethnicity and Other Bases of Sociality
The Dynamics of Ethnicity