The roots of intense ethnic conflict may not in fact be ethnic: Categories, communities and path dependence

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Title: The roots of intense ethnic conflict may not in fact be ethnic: Categories, communities and path dependence
Authors: Ruane, Joseph
Todd, Jennifer
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7177
Date: Apr-2004
Abstract: This article criticizes two theoretical approaches to ethnicity and ethnic conflict. One emphasizes the intense solidarity generated by the ethnic bond and explains this in terms of a deep, quasi-kin feeling. The other emphasizes the contingency and situatedness of ethnic feeling and the fluctuating character of ethnic groupness. We adopt an alternative strategy, locating ethnicity as one factor among many, which may form a path-dependent self-reproductive system generating communal opposition and ethnic conflict..
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright (published version): 2004 Archives Européennes de Sociologie
Keywords: Ethnicity;Ethnic conflict;Ethno-national bond;Category;Community;System;Emergent property;Path dependence
DOI: 10.1017/S0003975604001432
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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