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The Politics of Ethnicity and National Identity

Saha, Santosh C. (ed.)

The Politics of Ethnicity and National Identity

Year of Publication: 2007

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. VIII, 188 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-7888-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.280 kg, 0.617 lbs

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Book synopsis

An authoritative guide to the complexities of ethnic conflict in terms of linguistics, territory, and ethnicity in various regions, The Politics of Ethnicity and National Identity argues that ethnicity, used as a tool both for oppression and for liberation, plays an influential and controversial role in constructive state-building. The contributors to this volume use various research methodologies to affirm that positive territorial identities often emerge from community-based organizations and groups. As an alternative to the derivative nationalist project that so far has only resulted in conditions for a soft state, this book examines the issue of whether ethnicity and community attachments are at the heart of civil conflict and war.


Contents: Santosh C. Saha: Introduction – David E. Kiwuwa: Post-Ethnic Conflict Reconstruction and the Question of National Identity in Asia and Africa – Michael Grossman: Ethnicity and National Identity Externalized: Impact of Identity on Foreign Policy in Post-Soviet Ukraine – Paul J. Magnarella: The Black Panther Party’s Confrontation with Ethnicity, Race and Class – Rita Kiki Edozie: Centralization Trends in Nigeria’s PDP Regime: Addressing Pluralism in Contemporary African Democracies – Clayton D. Peoples: Identity, Discrimination, and Conflict Among Ethnic ‘Minorities at Risk’ in the Modern World – Edward Lama Wonkeryor: Ethnicity in Liberia and Democratic Governance – Abdul Karim Bangura: Politicized Ethnicities Versus Tribal Ethnicities: Examples from Liberia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone – Santosh C. Saha: Saharan State-building and Ethnicity: The Social Context.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editor: Santosh C. Saha received his Ph.D. in history from Kent State University. He has taught in colleges and universities in India, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Liberia, and is currently Professor of History at Mount Union College in Ohio. His most recent edited books are Perspectives on Contemporary Ethnic Conflict (2006) and Religious Fundamentalism in the Contemporary World (2004). His latest article on moral ethnicity in Africa has been published in a journal by Oxford University in the United Kingdom.