How New Models Can Rejuvenate Established Insights: Reaction to and Critique of Elke Winter’s Us, Them, and Others
Every few years, a book comes along that strikes a chord with readers because it tackles issues that are front and center in contemporary debates and it manages to offer new insights that allow scholars to return to long standing debates.1 Elke Winter’s Us, them and others has the potential to be such a book. It offers a model that draws on literatures of nationalism and those of race and ethnicity using a Weberian approach. It also looks at how different groups align with one another in some contexts, but exclude one another in others and as a result, the book offers insight on multiculturalism, the growing fear of ethnic and religious radicalization, and failed immigration.
In this short paper, I offer reaction to, and criticism of, Winter’s model in an effort to trigger broader debate around the issues she identifies and the model she uses to understand them. Despite the many strengths of the book (see Ramos 2011), Winter’s argument is open to a number of criticisms including an...
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