ISBN-10: 0745642667

ISBN-13: 9780745642666

Edition: 2nd 2010

Authors: Steve Fenton

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In this extensively revised edition, Steve Fenton updates his concise and accessible introduction to ethnicity, drawing on new published work and recent social and historical changes. Discussing an extended range of theorists and illustrations from around the world, Fenton explores and clarifies the core meanings and the shifting ground of this contested concept. More space is given to ideas of lsquo;threatrsquo; and lsquo;competitionrsquo; in conceptualizing ethnicity, as well as to recent issues in migration, especially increased migration to the US from Central and South America. Fenton situates ethnic identities and interest in the changing modern world, and seeks to explain the contemporary conditions of delineation along ethnic and racial lines. Without assuming the centrality of ethnic difference, this book asks: Does it matter? When does it matter? Is it as important as many have assumed? The second edition of Fentonrsquo;s highly regarded Ethnicity will continue to be an invaluable text for students of sociology, politics and international relations coming to the subject for the first time. Its innovative and challenging approach will also appeal to more advanced scholars of race and ethnicity.
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List price: $17.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 1/8/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
First Edition Acknowledgements
Second Edition Acknowledgements
The ontological status of the term 'ethnicity'
An example of groups and names
Fixed categories and diffuse identities
Do people act by reference to their ethnic identity?
Ethnic cleansing or racial segregation?
Ethnos: Descent and Culture Communities
Shared references
Stock, type, people, breed
The demise of race
Culture and ethnicity are not the same
Defining the core and the divergences
Multiple Discourses of Ethnicity: Differences by Country and Region
Immigration to the USA
Changes of the late twentieth century
Ethnicity and changing ideas of race
Where have all the races gone? The case of the UK
Discourse of races in postcolonial Malaysia
Asia and Latin America
Ethnic classification across the world
Summary: ethnicity and nation in their place
The Demise of Race: The Emergence of 'Ethnic'
Ethnic group (ethnie) and nation
The demise of race
Scholarly, popular and political ideas
Lloyd Warner American ethnic groups
The scholarly tradition: Max Weber and ethnic groups
Anthropology and social anthropology
Real groups
The Primordialism Debate
'Primordial' as a sociological concept
Edward Shils and primordial, personal, sacred and civil ties
Clifford Geertz and the integrative revolution
After Geertz
Judith Nagata and mobilized identities
Summary: primordial ethnic groups
How Real are Groups? Political Ethnicity, Symbolic Ethnicity and Competition Theory
Cultures and boundaries
Competition theory
Class as a complicating factor in ethnic competition analysis; ethnicity as a complicating factor in class analysis
Critiques of groupism
Migration and Ethnicity
Forced migrations
Migrants and plural societies
World migration
Internal migrants
Professional migrations
Undocumented workers
Migration, gender and family
Questions of integration and citizenship
The case of the USA: migration and ethnicity in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries
America's growing Hispanic population
Hispanics and Mexican Americans: social profiles
Likely futures for new migrants and their families and for American ethnicities
The renewed debate about the concept of assimilation
Occupational structure: the hourglass labour market
Summary: the opposing views
Social Conditions of Ethnicity: Global Economy and Precarious States
Theorizing the conditions of ethnic action
Features of the contemporary world
Postcolonial economic conditions
William Julius Wilson and The disappearance of work
Economic change and Hispanic migration into the USA
Precarious, factionalized, democratizing states: unstable geopolitical conditions
Ethnic conflict, violence, insecurity and the state
Ethnicity and geopolitics
Post-Soviet Russia
Ethnic Majorities and Nationalism in Europe: Globalization and Right-Wing Movements
The nation
Nation, class and resentment
Nation and majority
Class, welfare, the state and immigrants
Right-wing movements in Europe
Multiculturalism and identity politics
Summary: reflections on nation, resentment and identity
Ethnicity and the Modern World: General Conclusions
A theory of ethnicity?
Ethnicity as theory
Sociology of ethnicity: identity and action in context
Late capitalism and the modern social world
The contradictions of late capitalist modernity
Two worlds - the liberal and the authoritarian
Four principal problematics
Modernity and ethnicity
Ethnicity in its place
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