Debating Us, Them, and Others: A Research Framework

  • Elke WinterEmail author
Book Review

I am immensely grateful to the contributors of this symposium for their insightful and generous comments on my latest book, and to the editors of the Journal of International Migration and Integration for providing the space to discuss Us, Them, and Others: Pluralism and National Identity in Diverse Societies (University of Toronto Press, 2011).

The essays by Denis, Ramos, and Riggins raise important questions about the book's substance, methods, and theoretical underpinnings. In order to be adequately addressed, many of these questions require more time, research, and intellectual exchange than available for this reply. In fact, as I will argue below, by contemplating the strength and weaknesses of Us, Them, and Others, the essays help us to carve out the parameters for a comprehensive research agenda on interethnic relations, pluralism and nation-building in Canada and abroad. As Denis puts it, the “simple but adaptable formula [of Us, Them, and Others] formalizes what some other...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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