Table of contents

  1. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, Treena Clark, Shannon Foster
  2. Ralph Premdas, Bishnu Ragoonath

About this book


This publication provides a comprehensive and cutting edge analysis of ethnicity through diverse multi-disciplinary lenses. It explores numerous aspects of ethnicity and how it is linked to a range of contemporary political, economic and social issues at the global, regional as well as local levels. In a world where globalization has enveloped and transformed societies through economic and financial integration, social media networks, knowledge transfer, trans-national travel, technology and education, there is a tendency to frame issues largely from the standpoint of economic, political and strategic interests of the dominant powers. Issues such as ethnic and cultural identity are often ignored partly because they are too complex to deal with. In this regard, the study of ethnicity is critical in delving deeper into people's worldviews, perceptions of each other, relationships and  sense of identification to help us uncover some of the deeper perceptions and meanings of social change as seen and shared by cultural groups as they adapt to the fast changing world. To better inform ourselves of the complexities of ethnicity and relationship to contemporary global developments and challenges, an approach which is people-centred, balanced, comprehensive and research-based is needed. 
The Handbook's multidisciplinary approach provides conceptual and empirical narratives across different disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, political studies, cultural studies, media studies, literature, law, development studies and  economics, to name a few. It includes comparative case studies from different parts of the world to enrich our understanding of the diverse experiences. The articles focus on contemporary issues and situations while drawing from historical reflections and lessons. The idea is not only to illuminate the intricacies of ethnic identity but also to provide innovative ideas to help understand and address some of the contemporary challenges associated with these in our world today.


Ethnicity and identity State, society and ethno-politics Racial prejudice and stereotypes Conflict and ethno-nationalism Intersectionality, mixed heritage and multiple identities Indigenous groups and minorities Globalization and Diaspora Ethnic labour Socio-economic conditions and ethnic policy responses Ethnicity, constitutions and electoral systems Ethnic cleansing, genocide and international justice Immigration and refugees Ethnic inequality and affirmative action Addressing the ethnicity problems Cultural renaissance and celebration of identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven Ratuva
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Socio & Anthro, Rm 309Univ of Canterbury Dept of Socio & Anthro, Rm 309ChristchurchNew Zealand

About the editors

Steven Ratuva's research in the field of ethnicity spans more than 20, having seen how the issue had been undervalued in the 1980s at the time of the cold war and how it suddenly spawned heightened interest after the Cold War. He has  assembled a number of big names and prolific researchers on ethnicity through his association with the International Political Science Association which has a data base of about 1,500 experts on ethnicity world-wide.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity
  • Editors Steven Ratuva
  • DOI
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-0242-8
  • Edition Number 0
  • Number of Pages , 0
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Science
    Ethnicity Studies
    Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary