"A welcome and brilliantly crafted overview of this field. It represents a major advance in our understanding of how ethnicity works in specific social and cultural contexts. The second edition will be an invaluable resource for both students and researchers alike."
- John Solomos, City University, London
The first edition of Rethinking Ethnicity quickly established itself as a popular text for students of ethnicity and ethnic relations. This fully revised and updated second edition adds new material on globalization and the recent debates about whether ethnicity matters and ethnic groups actually exist.
While ethnicity - as a social construct - is imagined, its effects are far from imaginary. Jenkins draws on specific examples to demonstrate the social mechanisms that construct ethnicity and the consequences for people's experience.
Drawing upon rich case study material, the book discusses such issues as: the 'myth' of the plural society; postmodern notions of difference; the relationship between ethnicity, 'race' and nationalism; ideology; language; violence and religion; and the everyday construction of national identity.
Richard Jenkins is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield. His previous publications include: Racism and Recruitment (Cambridge University Press, 1986); Pierre Bourdieu (Routledge, 1992); and Social Identity (Routledge, 1996).
PART ONE: ARGUMENTS Chapter 1: Anthropology and Ethnicity Locating Social Anthropology Locating Ethnicity Chapter 2: From Tribes to Ethnic Groups Groups and Boundaries Revisited Chapter 3: Myths of Pluralism South and West Wales as a Case in Point Modernity and Globalization Chapter 4: Ethnicity Etcetera The Communal, the Local, the National, the Global Culture and Biology Redrawing the Boundaries Chapter 5: Categorisation and Power Groups and Categories Social Categorization Contexts of Ethnic Categorization Categorization and Power Chapter 6: Ideologies of Identification Group Identification and Social Categorization (again) Ethnicity and 'Race' Ideologies of Identification PART TWO: EXPLORATIONS Chapter 7: Majority Ethnicity The Foundations of Modern Ulster Ethnicity: The Plantation The Consolidation of Ethnic Domination: The Industrial Revolution Organized Labour and the Manipulation of Ethnicity Culture and Economic Advantage? Chapter 8: The 'Cultural Stuff' Varieties of Religious Conflict Religious Differences and Conflict in Northern Ireland Ethnicity, Politics and Religion Chapter 9: Violence, Language and Politics Northern Ireland and Wales The Violence of Politics The Politics of Language Some Explanatory Options Chapter 10: Nation and Nationalisms Ethnicity and Nationalism Nationalism in Three Countries Wales Northern Ireland Denmark Identity, Ideology and the Everyday Rethinking Ethnicity