The Politics of Difference
Ethnic Premises in a World of Power
This volume examines cases ranging from the well-publicized ethnonationalism of Bosnia and post-Apartheid South Africa to ethnic conflicts in Belgium and Sri Lanka. Distinguished international scholars including John Comaroff, Stanley J. Tambiah, and Ernesto Laclau argue that continued acceptance of imposed ethnic terms as the most appropriate vehicle for collective self-identification and social action legitimizes the conditions of inequality that give rise to them in the first place.
This ambitious attempt to explain the inadequacies of current approaches to power and ethnicity forges more realistic alternatives to the volatile realities of social difference.
Edwin N. Wilmsen, Patrick McAllister.
Introduction: Premises of Power in Ethnic Politics
Edwin N. Wilmsen
1: Varieties of Ethnic Politics and Ethnicity Discourse
Jan Nederveen Pieterse
2: Universalism, Particularism, and the Question of Identity
3: Thinking Identities: Against a Theory of Ethnicity
Aletta J. Norval
4: Hegemony, Power, and Languages of Contention
5: Ethnogenesis and Ethnic Mobilization: A Comparative Perspective on a
South African Dilemma
6: European Concepts of Nation-Building
Jan Blommaert, Jef Verschueren.
7: The Nation-State in Crisis and the Rise of Ethnonationalism
Stanley J. Tambiah
8: "The Voice of Sanity Getting Hoarse"? Destructive Processes in
Violent Ethnic conflict
9: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Politics of Difference in an Age of
John L. Comaroff
List of Contributors