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Identity and Territorial Autonomy in Plural Societies

Edited By Ramón Máiz, Safran William Copyright 2000
    294 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Focusing on autonomy in countries whose societies are marked by ethnic diversity, this work examines the effects of territorial solutions to the safeguarding of cultural identities. Contributors distinguish among types of autonomy and their impact on pluralism, democracy and unity of the state.

    Part 1 Comparative approaches: spatial and functional dimensions of autonomy - cross-national and theoretical perspectives, William Safran; democracy, federalism, and nationalism in multinational states, Ramon Maiz; local and global - mesogovernments and territorial identities, Luis Moreno. Part 2 Spanish experiences: identity, ethnicity, and the state in Spain - 19th and 20th centuries, Justo G. Beramendi; Basque polarisation - between autonomy and independence, Francisco J. Llera; autonomist regionalism within the Spanish state, Xose Manoel Nunez; national identity an self-government - the Galician case, Anton Losada. Part 3 Variations on the theme of identity, autonomy, and nationalism: autonomy of the sacred - the end game in Kosovo, Steven Majstorovic; internal unit demarcation and national identity - India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, Swarna Rajagopalan; the political demands of isolated Indian bands in British Columbia, Dennis L. Thomson; why territorial autonomy is not a viable option for managing ethnic conflict in African plural societies, Shaheen Mozaffar, James R. Scarritt; security in deeply divided societies - the role of territorial autonomy, Donald Rothchild, Caroline Hartzell.


    Ramón Máiz, Safran William

    'Insightful essays rich in conceptualization and empirical analysis, especially of the historical-institutional type ... reference work providing suggestive points of departure for those seeking cutting-edge work in this field.' - Choice

    'Well-written and informative ... I would recommend this book to both scholars and practitioners.'

    - Commonwealth and Comparitive Politics

    'Majstorovic's analysis of the conflict between Serbs and Albanians over the region of Kosovo is an interesting and, in general, quite balanced chapter.' - Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies