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Ethnic and Racial Consciousness

2nd Edition

By Michael Banton


204 pages

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Ethnic and Racial Consciousness is a completely revised version of the highly acclaimed first edition published in 1988. At that time no one expected the former Yugoslavia would break up with the brutal slaughter of neighbour by neighbour. Few would have predicted the horrific massacres in Rwanda and Burundi which have led to accusations of genocide. The ending of the cold war has been followed by struggles in the former Soviet Union in which one group has struggled for dominance and the other for independence. Ethnic conflict is now one of the main threats to peace in the contemporary world. This new edition offers an up-to-date introduction to the many issues surrounding our definition and understanding of ethnic and racial difference, racism and discrimination in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction:

Modes of discourse, The sources of group consciousness.

2. Naming differences:

Practical language, Name-changing, Legal language, Conflict.

3. Accounting for differences:

Explanations, Natural Selection, Ethnicity, Racism, Looking ahead.

4. Groups and individuals:

Ends and means, Experimental research, Encounters between peoples, Continuous and discontinuous ranking interation.

5. Peoples and states:

Implications of empire, Rwanda and Burundi, Genocide, Constitutional engineering, Conclusion.

6. Increasing group consciousness:

Racial classification, Segregation, Sanctions, Group Competition, Transmitted inequality, The sphere of the state, Conclusion.

7. Decreasing group consciousness:

The second Reconstruction in the USa, The prospects for South Africa, Ethnic consciousness in Western Europe, Negotiating change, Conclusion.

8. International oversight:

Regional organisations, UN Treaty bodies, The Development of policy in the UK, The UK report as a case study, CERD'S reception of the UK's Thirteenth report, Conclusion.

9. Collective action:

Morale, The nation-state, Religion, Diversity, Conclusion.




Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General