The publication of Fredrik Barth’s Ethnic Groups and Boundaries marked a milestone in the conceptualization of ethnicity and ethnic groups and opened a new field of enquiry in the social scientific study of ethnicity.
Ethnic Groups and Boundaries Today: A Legacy of Fifty Years demonstrates the enduring significance of the work, identifying its shortcomings and showcasing the state of the art today, fifty years after the publication of the groundbreaking original. Bringing together a team of leading contributors, all of whom have been inspired by Barth's theory and have made significant contributions of their own to the theorisation and research of ethnicity, this volume assesses the theoretical approach presented in Ethnic Groups and Boundaries, both in the context of its time and with the hindsight of the developments in the social sciences since then. It emphasizes the legacy of the original text and determines its significance, whilst identifying and elaborating on the main lines of the subsequent developments of the concept of ethnicity that were influenced by Ethnic Groups and Boundaries, but that have since developed and superseded the original. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in the concept and study of ethnicity.
1. Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Marek Jakoubek: Introduction: Ethnic groups, boundaries and beyond
2. A. P. Cohen: Barth, Ethnicity and Culture
3. Michael Hechter: Homage to Fredrik Barth
4. Katherine Verdery: The Dangerous Shoals of Ethnic Groups and Boundaries: A Personal Account
5. Ulf Hannerz: Winners, Losers and Ethnic Flux
6. Judith Okely: Untangling Gypsy Ethnic Identity, Thanks to Barth
7. Michael Herzfeld: Boundaries, Embarrassments and Social Injustice: Fredrik Barth and the Nation-State
8. Valery Tishkov: From Ethnos to Ethnicity and Back
9. Jeremy MacClancy: Barth and Brexit, online, on target
10. Steven Vertovec: Fredrik Barth and the social organization of difference
11. Pnina Werbner: Intersectionality and Situationalism: Towards a (more) dynamic interpretation of Ethnic groups and boundaries
12. Thomas Hylland Eriksen: Beyond a boundary: Flows and mixing in the Creole world
13. Rogers Brubaker: The social organization and political contestation of cultural difference: Thinking comparatively about religion and language
14. Marek Jakoubek: A "Hollow" Legacy of Ethnic Groups and Boundaries: A critique of the reading and quoting "Barth 1969"
15. Marek Jakoubek and Lenka Budilova: Fredrik Barth and the study of ethnicity: reflections on ethnic identity in a world of global political, economic and cultural changes. Interview with Professor Emeritus Gunnar Haaland
The Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations series has been at the forefront of research in its field for over ten years. The series has built an international reputation for cutting edge theoretical work, for comparative research, particularly on Europe, and for nationally-based studies with broader relevance to international issues. Published in association with the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), Utrecht University, it draws contributions from the best international scholars in the field, offering an interdisciplinary perspective on some of the key issues facing the contemporary world.