The Ethnicity Reader: Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Migration

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Montserrat Guibernau, John Rex
Wiley, Oct 29, 1997 - Social Science - 336 pages
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The Ethnicity Reader offers a comprehensive and challenging selection of readings for students of sociology, politics, international relations and race relations. It presents a highly accessible introduction to the study of ethnicity by providing an original approach to nationalism, multiculturalism and migration. The analysis of the ethnic component present in these three topics distinguishes this reader from others and makes it indispensable to those seeking to understand the relevance of ethnicity as one of the most prominent forces in the modern world.

Drawing on a wide range of examples, the selections included examine theories of nationalism and consider issues of ethnic integration and conflict in the USA, Canada, Quebec, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Catalonia among other countries and regions. The reader, however, does not confine itself to the study of nationalism. Many of the selections deal with the role of ethnicity in groups which are not nationalist at all but for which ethnicity is an important factor in the process of migration. The concept of ethnicity is therefore discussed both in relation to group rights in existing nation states and in relation to transnational communities in a globalized world.

Contributors include, Anthony D. Smith, John Rex, Eric Hobsbawm, James Clifford, Michael Keating, Franke Wilmer, Benedict Anderson, Will Kymlicka, Etienne Balibar and Michel Wieviorka.

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Tahir Abbas is Reader in Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture at the University of Birmingham.  He is the author of "The Education of British South Asians: Ethnicity, Capital and Class Structure" and editor of "Muslim Britain: Communities under Pressure and Islamic Political Radical: A European Comparative Perspective." He has (co)authored over fifty articles, chapters, reviews and commissioned research papers on the subjects of education, entrepreneurship, criminal justice and multiculturalism.
Frank Reeves is Director of Race Equality West Midlands, one of Britain’ s regional race equality agencies.  His books include "British Racial Discourse, Race and Borough Politics, The Modernity of Further Education" as well as many articles.  He undertook his doctoral dissertation with John Rex.

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