1st Edition

Race and Nation Ethnic Systems in the Modern World

Edited By Paul Spickard Copyright 2005
    408 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    406 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Race and Nation is the first book to compare the racial and ethnic systems that have developed around the world. It is the creation of nineteen scholars who are experts on locations as far-flung as China, Jamaica, Eritrea, Brazil, Germany, Punjab, and South Africa. The contributing historians, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and scholars of literary and cultural studies have engaged in an ongoing conversation, honing a common set of questions that dig to the heart of racial and ethnic groups and systems.
    Guided by those questions, they have created the first book that explores the similarities, differences, and the relationships among the ways that race and ethnicity have worked in the modern world. In so doing they have created a model for how to write world history that is detailed in its expertise, yet also manages broad comparisons.

    Introduction: Race and Nation, Identity and Power: Thinking Comparatively about Ethnic Systems
    Paul Spickard
    Founding and Sustaining Myths
    1. Guilty Pleasures: The Satisfactions of Racial Thinking in Early Nineteenth-Century California
    Douglas Monroy
    2. Mestizaje and the Ethnicization of Race in Latin America
    Virginia Q. Tilley
    3. Creating a Racial Paradise: Citizenship and Sociology in Hawaii
    Lori Pierce
    4. White Into Black: Race and National Identity in Contemporary Brazil
    G. Reginald Daniel
    5. Memories of Japanese Identity and Racial Hierarchy
    Miyuki Yonezawa
    Colonialisms and Their Legacies
    6. Ethnicity and Power in North Africa (Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco)
    Taoufik Djebali
    7. Racial Frontiers in Jamaica's Nonracial Nationhood
    Violet Showers Johnson
    8. Between Subjects and Citizens: Algerians, Islam, and French National Identity during the Great War
    Richard S. Fogarty
    9. On Becoming German: Politics of Membership in Germany 310
    Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche
    Nation Making
    10. Reinventing the Nation: Building a Bicultural Future from a Monocultural Past in Aotearoa/New Zealand
    Cluny Macpherson
    11. Metaphors of Race and Discourse of Nation: Racial Theory and State Nationalism in the First Decades of the Turkish Republic
    Howard Eissenstat
    12. The Fragmented Nation: Genealogy, Identity, and Social Hierarchy in Turkmenistan
    Adrienne Edgar
    13. Becoming Cambodian: Ethnicity and the Vietnamese in Kampuchea
    Christine Su
    Boundaries Within
    14. A Race Apart? The Paradox of Sikh Ethnicity and Nationalism
    Darshan Tatla
    15. Race and Ethnicity in South Africa: Ideology and Experience
    T. Dunbar Moodie
    16. Eritrea's Identity as a Cultural Crossroads
    Tekle Woldemikael
    17. The Problem of the Color Blind: Notes on the Discourse on Race in Italy
    Alessandro Portelli


    Paul Spickard is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of, among other books, Racial Thinking in the United States and A Global History of Christians.