Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives (3rd by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

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 moving 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, classification, gender and nationhood, in addition to present problems with racism, globalization and multiculturalism. Influential theories are awarded and severely in comparison in a lucid and finished demeanour. A middle textual content for all scholars of social anthropology and comparable topics, Ethnicity and Nationalism has been a number one creation to the sphere when you consider that its unique booklet in 1993. New subject matters during this variation comprise cultural estate rights, the function of genetics within the public realizing of identity, commercialisation of id, and the importance of the web.

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Cultural differences are communicated in a variety of situations, but they do not always refer to the same social distinctions. A Mauritian Hindu, for example, can be morally and socially compelled to marry at the caste level, but will usually vote for the party representing all (northern) Hindus. Further, distinctions are made between groups whose existence is ignored by other Mauritians, such as when Creoles distinguish between Rodriguais (from Mauritius’ island dependency Rodrigues) and Mauritian Creoles.

In the vast majority of cases stereotypes imply, in some way or other, the superiority of one’s own group. However, there are also minorities who have largely negative stereotypes of themselves and positive ones of the dominating group. Stereotypes can sometimes function as self-fulfilling prophecies. A dominating group can stunt the intellectual development of a dominated group by systematically telling them that they are inferior. There are, of course, many stereotypes which have little or no truth, such as the ideas traditionally held by many African peoples and others to the effect that their neighbours are cannibals (Arens, 1978).

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. The vast majority affirmed that they would not. Stereotypes need not refer to a social reality, and they do not necessarily give accurate hints of what people actually do. Therefore, we must reflect on the causes and uses of stereotypes. 1 Mauritian ethnic stereotypes Source: Eriksen, 1988. complicated social universe.

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