Ethnic Realignments: A Comparative Study of Government Influences on Identity

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Lexington Books, 2006 - Political Science - 159 pages
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Ethnic Realignments offers a fresh look at the phenomenon of rapidly changing ethnic identity claims. By focusing on the countries of Australia, China, Malaysia, and India, Matthew Hoddie provides a comparative study arguing that government policies designed to favor one ethnic group over another can influence individuals among the disfavored group to change their 'identities' and recast themselves as members of the favored group. Hoddie employs a statistical methodology to lay out the conditions and factors that lead to these ethnic identity changes, thereby contributing to the ongoing debate concerning the malleability of ethnic identity. Ethnic Realignments is a significant work for scholars interested in the politics of ethnicity and the effectiveness of affirmative action policies.
 

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Contents

A Theory of Ethnic Realignment
1
Documenting Ethnic Realignment
19
Australia
37
The Peoples Republic of China
61
Malaysia
87
Assam
107
Conclusions
135
Bibliography
147
Index
161
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Matthew Hoddie is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University.

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