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Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict

Edited by Karl Cordell, Stefan Wolff

© 2011 – Routledge

334 pages

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A definitive global survey of the interaction of race, ethnicity, nationalism and politics, this handbook blends theoretically grounded, rigorous analysis with empirical illustrations, to provide a state-of-the art overview of the contemporary debates on one of the most pervasive international security challenges today.

The contributors to this volume offer a 360-degree perspective on ethnic conflict: from the theoretical foundations of nationalism and ethnicity, to the causes and consequences of ethnic conflict, and to the various strategies adopted in response to it. Without privileging any specific explanation of why ethnic conflict happens at a specific place and time or why attempts at preventing or settling it might fail or succeed, the Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict enables readers to gain better insights into such defining moments in post-Cold War international history as the disintegrations of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia and their respective consequences and the genocide in Rwanda, as well as the relative success of conflict settlement efforts in Northern Ireland, Macedonia, and Aceh.

By contributing to understanding the varied and multiple causes of ethnic conflicts and to learning from the successes and failures of its prevention and settlement, the Handbook makes a powerful case that ethnic conflicts are neither unavoidable nor unresolvable, but rather that they require careful analysis and thoughtful and measured responses.


"The Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict is a very welcome addition to Routledge’s excellent series of handbooks on complex, diverse and contemporary international security challenges… [I]t is well worth reading and including in any academic library on the field." - Vincent Williams, Macquarie University, Australia

"This … handbook provides a rigorous theoretical analysis of the current political mess we are in" - Martin Guha, Maudsley Philosophy Group and former Librarian, King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

Table of Contents

The Study of Ethnic Conflict: An Introduction Karl Cordell and Stefan Wolff Part 1: Context & Key Concepts 1. The Origin of Nations' : Contested Beginnings, Contested Futures Jennifer Jackson-Preece 2. Ideology and Nationalism Daniele Conversi 3. The Nation-State: Civic and Ethnic Dimensions Colin Clark 4. Stateless Nations in a World of Nation States Ephraim Nimni 5. Ethnicity and Religion Joe Ruane and Jennifer Todd 6. Race and Ethnicity Chris Gilligan Part 2: Ethnicity and Conflict 7. Ethnicity as a Generator of Conflict Stuart Kaufman 8. Democracy and Democratization Jenny Engstrom 9. The Causes and Consequences of Ethnic Cleansing Erin Jenne 10. Genocide Jim Hughes 11. Debating Partition: Evaluating the Standard Justifications Brendan O'Leary 12. Irredentas and Secessions: Adjacent Phenomena, Neglected Connections Donald Horowitz 13. Conflict Prevention: A Policy in Search of a Theory or a Theory in Search of a Policy? David Carment & Martin Fischer 14. Managing and Settling Ethnic Conflict Asaf Siniver 15. Multilateral Frameworks for Conflict Resolution Eva Sobotka 16. Post-conflict Reconstruction in Ethnically Divided Societies Monika Heupel Part 3: Accommodation and Conciliation 17. Deepening Democracy: The Role of Civil Society Ian O'Flynn & David Russell 18. Human Rights and Ethnopolitics Josef Marko 19. Territorial Approaches to Ethnic Conflict Settlement John McGarry & Brendan O'Leary 20. Ethnic Accomodation in Unitary States Frans Schrijver 21. National Cultural Autonomy David Smith 22. Centripetalism Benjamin Reilly 23. Power Sharing Stefan Wolff and Karl Cordell 24. Playing the Ethnic Card: Liberal Democratic and Authoritarian Practices Compared Sandra Barkhof

About the Editors

Karl Cordell is Professor of Politics at the University of Plymouth. He co-edits the journals Ethnopolitics and Civil Wars and has an extensive publication record in the fields of ethnopolitics, German politics and the politics of ethnicity in Central Europe.

Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham. Frequently advising governments and international organisations, he specialises in the management of international security challenges, especially in relation to conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. Among his publications are more than a dozen books and over twenty journal articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of the journals Ethnopolitics and Civil Wars.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General