Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Nexus Between Ethnicity and Identity

  3. The State, Society, and Ethnopolitics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-148
    2. Jóhanna K. Birnir, Henry D. Overos
      Pages 169-186
    3. Radomir Compel
      Pages 187-208
    4. Geoff Pfeifer
      Pages 209-219
    5. Jacob Mwathi Mati
      Pages 265-281
    6. Jianxia Lin
      Pages 301-313
    7. Cathal McManus
      Pages 331-346
    8. Trevor J. Allen, Misty Knight-Finley
      Pages 347-361
  4. Stereotypes and Prejudices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-382
    2. Vijay Naidu
      Pages 383-395
    3. Tara Ross
      Pages 397-413
    4. Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua
      Pages 415-427
    5. Alois S. Mlambo
      Pages 429-445
    6. Paul Bagguley, Yasmin Hussain
      Pages 447-462
    7. Suryakanthie Chetty
      Pages 463-481
    8. Paul Spoonley
      Pages 483-498
    9. Stephen Small
      Pages 513-533
  5. Ethno-nationalism and Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 535-537
    2. Adis Maksic
      Pages 539-557
    3. Andrew Thomson
      Pages 559-576
    4. Sergio Luiz Cruz Aguilar
      Pages 613-631
    5. Premakumara de Silva, Farzana Haniffa, Rohan Bastin
      Pages 633-654

About this book


This handbook provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge analysis of ethnicity through diverse multidisciplinary 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, transnational 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-centered, balanced, comprehensive and research-based is needed.             

The multidisciplinary approach of this handbook 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 chapters 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.Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific StudiesUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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