Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict: Shadows of by Andreas Wimmer

By Andreas Wimmer

Nationalism and the superiority of ethnic clash are gains of latest politics. Many commentators have seen such conflicts as a go back to a few primitive impulse. Andreas Wimmer's e-book argues that nationalism is actually attribute of the fashionable international, deriving from the character of the nation. He argues that the countryside rests on club of a specific ethnic or nationwide workforce, and the exclusion of non-members, developing the opportunity of clash. Containing precise reports of Mexico, Iraq and Switzerland, this is often an unique contribution to a topical debate.

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That culture emerges from discursive practices, which construct and thus influence reality in many different ways. This approach has certain advantages over the notion of culture as a fixed frame of norms and values, as seen through the lenses of classical anthropological and, by the way, sociological theory. But these discourses do not have the quasi-magical power that many postmodern theories attribute to them. Rather, cultural practices depend in a clearly definable way on the intentions of strategically competent actors and on their position in the frameworks of social structure.

The ‘non-contractual element of the contract’, as Durkheim once called it, 11 Some proponents of ‘dialogic anthropology’ recognise the parallels with ethnomethodology. For a discussion of the role of ethnomethodology in anthropology, see Watson (1991). 30 Theoretical explorations has to be so conceived that we can avoid reifying culture as a being of its own, standing over individuals, while at the same time we have to acknowledge that culture has a collectively binding character that precedes individual acts of thinking and doing (cf.

In other words, we are faced with a social constellation where the discourse of those in power indeed assumes the all-permeating power that the early Foucault had observed in prisons and mental homes. We may consider as exemplary cases of totalitarian institutions the concentration camps of the Nazi regime ( Niethammer 1994). Compromise and closure 39 devaluation of the worth of academic degrees after the opening of universities to larger sections of the population) (Wimmer 1995b, sect. 3). Depending on their changed position in the hierarchies of wealth, power and knowledge, individuals develop new strategies and new perceptions and interpretations.

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