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The Politics of Ethnicity and National Identity

Santosh Saha

An authoritative guide to the complexities of ethnic conflict in terms of linguistics, territory, and ethnicity in various regions, The Politics of Ethnicity and National Identity argues that ethnicity, used as a tool both for oppression and for liberation, plays an influential and controversial role in constructive state-building. The contributors to this volume use various research methodologies to affirm that positive territorial identities often emerge from community-based organizations and groups. As an alternative to the derivative nationalist project that so far has only resulted in conditions for a soft state, this book examines the issue of whether ethnicity and community attachments are at the heart of civil conflict and war.
Contents: Santosh C. Saha: Introduction – David E. Kiwuwa: Post-Ethnic Conflict Reconstruction and the Question of National Identity in Asia and Africa – Michael Grossman: Ethnicity and National Identity Externalized: Impact of Identity on Foreign Policy in Post-Soviet Ukraine – Paul J. Magnarella: The Black Panther Party’s Confrontation with Ethnicity, Race and Class – Rita Kiki Edozie: Centralization Trends in Nigeria’s PDP Regime: Addressing Pluralism in Contemporary African Democracies – Clayton D. Peoples: Identity, Discrimination, and Conflict Among Ethnic ‘Minorities at Risk’ in the Modern World – Edward Lama Wonkeryor: Ethnicity in Liberia and Democratic Governance – Abdul Karim Bangura: Politicized Ethnicities Versus Tribal Ethnicities: Examples from Liberia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone – Santosh C. Saha: Saharan State-building and Ethnicity: The Social Context.