MOBI Rogers Brubaker ✓ Ethnicity without Groups Kindle é Ethnicity without ✓

Despite a uarter century of constructivist theorizing in the social sciences and humanities ethnic groups continue to be conceived as entities and cast as actors Journalists policymakers and researchers routinely frame accounts of ethnic racial and national conflict as the struggles of internally homogeneous externally bounded ethnic groups races and nations In doing so they unwittingly adopt the language of participants in such struggles and contribute to the reification of ethnic groupsIn this timely and provocative volume Rogers Brubaker well known for his work on immigration citizenship and nationalism challenges this pervasive and commonsense groupism But he does not simply revert to standard constructivist tropes about the fluidity and multiplicity of identity Once a bracing challenge to conventional wisdom constructivism has grown complacent even cliched That ethnicity is constructed is commonplace; this volume provides new insights into how it is constructed By shifting the analytical focus from identity to identifications from groups as entities to group making projects from shared culture to categorization from substance to process Brubaker shows that ethnicity race and nation are not things in the world but perspectives on the world ways of seeing interpreting and representing the social world

10 thoughts on “Ethnicity without Groups

  1. says:

    Although I can follow Brubaker to a certain degree he's another typical example of an idealist who takes hisher constructivist approach to far Even if Ethnicity 'only exists in our perceptions' that does not make it any less real as an entity that shapes human actions and therefore history Besides that I found the book to be poorly written especially the theoretical parts where Brubaker simply uses to much words to describe what he wants He did so probably to be precise but it makes it really hard to read and at some points it simply hinders for understanding what he exactly is trying to say

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    Recommended by Henning

  3. says:

    A useful collection of articles that raises a number of important points relating to how ethnicity is used and discussed in various discourses The essay on Identity co written with Fred Cooper is especially thought provoking in its detailed analysis of a very complicated term The discussion of ethnic violence also stands out but that is cherry picking the articles that intersected most with my now scholarly interests

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    Ethnicity Without Groups and Ethnicity as Cognition are reuired reading for anyone interested in issues surrounding the study of ethnicityracenationalism

  5. says:

    This is a collection of brilliant thought provoking articles on nationalismethnicity studies He does not stop at the constructivist view but pushes further to integrate the cognitive theory

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    this is a guidebook for social sciences it is hard to make social statements after reading it though probably my best read this year