Ethnicity and religion : redefining the research agenda

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Title: Ethnicity and religion : redefining the research agenda
Authors: Todd, Jennifer
Ruane, Joseph
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Date: Mar-2010
Abstract: This article maps some of the effects when ethnicity and religion overlap. Sometimes one category, with its related values and solidarity, is prioritised; this is expressed in the common view that religion is subsumed in ethnicity, and religious labels become markers of ethnic groups. Sometimes the effects are additive, each source of distinction and group solidarity strengthening the other. Sometimes there are interactive effects, with dynamic and emergent properties producing a more complex field of relationship. After tracing examples and arguing against a reductive approach, three avenues for future research are highlighted. First, mapping patterns of interrelation of ethnicity and religion in cultural distinction-making and group formation, showing the conditions and effects of each. Second, looking at the longer term historical, state and geo-political conditions for change in these relations. Third, reframing theories and concepts so better to grasp the range of ways religion and ethnicity function in social practice.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright (published version): 2010 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: EthnicityReligionIdentityGroup solidarity
Subject LCSH: Ethnicity
Group identity
DOI: 10.1080/17449050903557377
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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