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Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict

Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict
Shadows of Modernity


  • Author: Andreas Wimmer, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521011853

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  • Andreas Wimmer argues that nationalist and ethnic politics have shaped modern societies to a far greater extent than has been acknowledged by social scientists. The modern state governs in the name of a people defined in ethnic and national terms. Democratic participation, equality before the law and protection from arbitrary violence were offered only to the ethnic group in a privileged relationship with the emerging nation-state. Depending on circumstances, the dynamics of exclusion took on different forms. Where nation building was 'successful', immigrants and 'ethnic minorities' are excluded from full participation; they risk being targets of xenophobia and racism. In weaker states, political closure proceeded along ethnic, rather than national lines and leads to corresponding forms of conflict and violence. In chapters on Mexico, Iraq and Switzerland, Wimmer provides extended case studies that support and contextualise this argument.

    • Topical subject - the book intervenes in an ongoing debate on nationalism and ethnic conflict
    • An original selection of detailed case studies
    • Will appeal to students of nationalism, as well as to social theorists
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… complex and thought-provoking.' Contemporary Political Theory

    '… subtle … theoretically rich … an extremely valuable resource for students of participation and democracy.' Political Studies Review

    'Wimmer's knowledge of the relevant historical and social science literature is always impressive … this expansion of political anthropology beyond the level of the microstudy has to be welcomed.' Anthropos

    'Wimmer's book is learned and theoretically wide-ranging, and his perspectives on social closure (Weber's concept) are based on a reformulation of the concept of culture. … Wimmer's book is … a stimulating addition to the interdisciplinary literature on nationalism.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521011853
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Explorations:
    1. Compromise and closure: a theory of social dynamics
    2. The making of modern communities
    Part II. State Building and Ethnic Conflict:
    3. Who owns the state? Ethnic conflicts after the end of empires
    4. Nationalism and ethnic mobilisation in Mexico
    5. From empire to ethnocracy. Iraq since the Ottomans
    Part III. The Politics of Exclusion in Nationalised States:
    6. Racism and xenophobia
    7. Nationalising multi-ethnic Switzerland.

  • Author

    Andreas Wimmer, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
    Andreas Wimmer is Professor of Political and Cultural Change and Director at the Center for Development Studies of the University of Bonn.

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