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- DescriptionAndreas Wimmer argues that nationalist and ethnic politics have shaped modern societies to a far greater extent than has been ackwledged 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 mirities' are excluded from full participation; they risk being targets of xephobia 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.
- Author BiographyAndreas Wimmer is Professor of Political and Cultural Change and Director at the Center for Development Studies of the University of Bonn.
- Author(s)Andreas Wimmer
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication06/06/2002
- SubjectPolitical Science & Theory
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note2 b/w illus.
- Weight530 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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