By Thomas Hylland Eriksen
In Ethnicity and Nationalism, Thomas Hylland Eriksen demonstrates that faraway from being an immutable estate of teams, ethnicity is a dynamic and transferring point of social relationships. Drawing on a variety of vintage and up to date reviews in anthropology and sociology, Eriksen examines the connection among ethnicity, type, gender and nationhood, in addition to present problems with racism, globalization and multiculturalism. Influential theories are provided and significantly in comparison in a lucid and entire demeanour. A center textual content for all scholars of social anthropology and comparable topics, Ethnicity and Nationalism has been a number one advent to the sector considering its unique booklet in 1993. New subject matters during this version contain cultural estate rights, the function of genetics within the public knowing of id, commercialisation of identification, and the importance of the net.
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1. Here, we should keep in mind that actual interethnic relations may very well diverge from stereotypes as they are presented in casual conversations; that there may be a discrepancy between what people say and what they do. In a famous study of the relationship between attitudes and actions in the US, La Piere (1934) toured the American West Coast with a Chinese couple and visited a large number of restaurants and hotels with them. They were refused service only once. He then sent out a questionnaire to the owners of the establishments, asking them whether or not they would accept ‘members of the Chinese race’ as guests.
This chapter will present general aspects of these processes of contact. In later chapters, wider contexts for ethnic relations at the interpersonal level will be elucidated – from the formation of ethnic groups (chapter 3) and the creation of ethnic identities and ideologies (chapter 4), to the historical conditions for ethnicity (chapter 5), the relationship between ethnicity and the state, including debates about nationalism, indigenous peoples and multiculturalism (chapters 6, 7 and 8), and the implications of globalisation for identity politics (chapters 8 and 9).
Edgar Mittelholzer (1979 : 58) The first fact of ethnicity is the application of systematic distinctions between insiders and outsiders; between Us and Them. If no such principle exists there can be no ethnicity, since ethnicity presupposes an institutionalised relationship between delineated categories whose members consider each other to be culturally distinctive. From this principle, it follows that two or several groups who regard themselves as being distinctive may tend to become more similar and simultaneously increasingly concerned with their distinctiveness if their mutual contact increases.
Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives: Third Edition (Anthropology, Culture and Society) by Thomas Hylland Eriksen