The Social Psychology of Ethnic Identity

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Psychology - 294 pages
Drawing on a substantial body of evidence, Maykel Verkuyten takes us on a fascinating journey looking at ethnic identity in contemporary western European societies. Reading this book is like participating in a social psychological debate that you don't wish to end. The author invites social psychologists to think over our theories and research on ethnicity and identity and provides us with ideas for future research. Its publication enriches the discipline of social psychology and contributes to our understanding of the societies in which we live. Scholars and students alike will gain much from reading it. Xenia Chryssochoou, Department of Psychology, Panteion University, Athens Questions of ethnicity, migration, identity and multi-culturalism are hotly debated in many countries and societies. Ethnicity has become a major feature of social structure, everyday interaction, self-understandings, and political debates and conflicts around the world. Ethnic diversity challenges the existing social hierarchies and exclusionary conceptions of citizenship, but also leads to a new tribalism that threatens democracy and social cohesion. The Social Psychology of Ethnic Identity aims to show th

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Maykel Verkuyten teaches at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University and is a researcher at the European Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER)

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