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By Cris E. Toffolo

Combining specific case experiences with discussions of deeper theoretical controversies, Emancipating Cultural Pluralism investigates either the benign and damaging points of identification politics. This provocative assortment delves into one of the most tough problems with cultural pluralism, reminiscent of what bills for the massive strength of id politics, even if identification politics could be inherently stable or evil, no matter if states are the precise associations to accommodate ethnic clash, the prevention of genocide, the price of devolving strength to the neighborhood point, and extra. The contributions are united by means of the conviction that extra realization has to be paid to the normative concerns linked to numerous expressions of cultural pluralism, for the moral implications of the phenomena are too profound to be missed.

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Instead, those passions and rivalries persisted. In the post–Cold War era, they even seem to be proliferating. Efforts by social scientists to explain this persistence have generated a myriad of studies examining a gamut of culprits: group psychologies, culture, biased electoral systems, race-based labor systems, and self-serving ethnic leaderships, to name just a few. Many of these studies have offered valuable insights into the dynamics of particular ethnic conflicts. Still, one factor has remained neglected in all of them: the role of the state.

Second, these group identities do not mark essences, since there is no single attribute or set of attributes that all members of such groups possess. Accordingly, the best explanation of the continued vitality of particularist identity movements in general is not that they are the residue of primordial social classifications, nor is it that they are accidental, collective constructs or the result of the instrumental aims of an elite. , self-conscious capacities). Identity groups would seem to serve needs beyond those of material flourishing.

Chapter 3 The Ethnic State The Structural Generation of Ethnic Conflict by the International System Virginia Q. Tilley As has already been noted in the preceding chapter, social scientists have puzzled over the persistence of ethnic conflict in the “modern” world. Since the late nineteenth century, it has been believed that “modernization”—of societies, of governments—would lay such conflicts to rest. Especially in the 1950s, after World War II and the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust and of Japanese racist imperialism in Asia, prevailing intellectual thought and official nationalist doctrines in North America and Europe swung away from ethnic and racial nationalism and toward ideas of civic nationalism, in which all ethnic and racial groups within a state’s borders would share equal protection and opportunities under a common set of laws (Barkin and Cronin 1994).

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