The Sociology of Ethnicity

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SAGE, 2004 M05 25 - 200 pages
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'Malesevic has written a masterwork. Indeed, The Sociology of Ethnicity will rapidly become required reading, especially for those seeking an introduction to the field. Its structure and style promise to make it appealing and useful in a range of courses'

- Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism

Spanning classical sociology to current debates, The Sociology of Ethnicity synthesizes the leading sociological interpretations of ethnic relations and provides a coherent theoretical framework for its analysis.

In this thoughtful and accessible text, Sinisa Malesevic assesses the explanatory strength of a range of sociological theories in understanding ethnicity and ethnic conflict. While acknowledging that there is no master key or blue-print to deal with each and every case of interethnic group relations, The Sociology of Ethnicity develops the best strategy to bridge epistemological and policy requirements for interethnic group relations.

The Sociology of Ethnicity will be required reading for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates studying ethnicity and race in sociology, politics or cultural studies.


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Classical Sociological Theory and Ethnicity
Capitalism Class and Culture
Ethnicity Modernization and Social Integration
The Social Construction of Ethnic Group Reality
Ethnic Groups as Extended Families
Ethnic Group Membership as an Individual Gain
Ethnicity as a Political Resource
Ethnicity as a Status Privilege
Deconstructing Ethnicity
Where to Go From Here?

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Sinisa Malesevic is Professor and Head/Chair of UCD School of Sociology. Previously, he held research and teaching appointments at the Institute for International Relations (Zagreb), the Centre for the Study of Nationalism, CEU (Prague) and at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He also held visiting research fellowships at the London School of Economics and the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna). He is also a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Professor Malesevic is a comparative historical and political sociologist whose main research interests include the study of war and organized violence, ethnicity and nationalism, ideology, as well as sociological theory. He has authored six books and has edited or co-edited another five volumes. He has also authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

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