Despite A Quarter Century Of Constructivist Theorizing In The Social Sciences And Humanities, Ethnic Groups Continue To Be Conceived As Entities And Cast As Actors Journalists, Policymakers, And Researchers Routinely Frame Accounts Of Ethnic, Racial, And National Conflict As The Struggles Of Internally Homogeneous, Externally Bounded Ethnic Groups, Races, And Nations In Doing So, They Unwittingly Adopt The Language Of Participants In Such Struggles, And Contribute To The Reification Of Ethnic GroupsIn This Timely And Provocative Volume, Rogers Brubaker Well Known For His Work On Immigration, Citizenship, And Nationalism Challenges This Pervasive And Commonsense Groupism But He Does Not Simply Revert To Standard Constructivist Tropes About The Fluidity And Multiplicity Of Identity Once A Bracing Challenge To Conventional Wisdom, Constructivism Has Grown Complacent, Even Cliched That Ethnicity Is Constructed Is Commonplace This Volume Provides New Insights Into How It Is Constructed By Shifting The Analytical Focus From Identity To Identifications, From Groups As Entities To Group Making Projects, From Shared Culture To Categorization, From Substance To Process, Brubaker Shows That Ethnicity, Race, And Nation Are Not Things In The World But Perspectives On The World Ways Of Seeing, Interpreting, And Representing The Social World


10 thoughts on “Ethnicity without Groups

  1. says:

    Although I can follow Brubaker to a certain degree, he s another typical example of an idealist who takes his her constructivist approach to far Even if Ethnicity only exists in our perceptions that does not make it any less real as an entity that shapes human actions and therefore history Besides that, I found the book to be poorly written especially the theoretical parts where Brubaker simply uses to much words to describe what he wants He did so probably to be precise, but it makes it really hard to read and at some points it simply hinders for understanding what he exactly is trying to say.


  2. says:

    Recommended by Henning


  3. says:

    Ethnicity Without Groups and Ethnicity as Cognition are required reading for anyone interested in issues surrounding the study of ethnicity race nationalism.


  4. says:

    This is a collection of brilliant, thought provoking articles on nationalism ethnicity studies He does not stop at the constructivist view, but pushes further to integrate the cognitive theory.


  5. says:

    this is a guidebook for social sciences it is hard to make social statements after reading it, though probably my best read this year.