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The Role of Minorities in the Development Process

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Armin Bohnet and Matthias Höher

The Developing Countries Prize of the University of Gießen provokes academic contributions to the improvement of the living conditions in developing countries. This book is written to document the results of the interdisciplinary symposium The Role of Minorities in the Development Process which was held from October 28 to 30, 2002. Under which conditions are social groups regarded as minorities? Do minorities always cause politically relevant problems or do they also have a positive effect on the economic and social development of a country? What can politicians contribute to solutions aimed at preventing the exclusion of minorities in economic, religious or cultural respects or at least aimed at a lessening of said exclusions?
Contents: Volkmar Köhler: Minorities as a target group of development policy measures – Jenniver Jackson-Preece: Deconstructing the «Problem of Minorities» – Walter Leimgruber: The Right To Diversity: Human Rights from a Geographical Point of View – Michael Toch: The Role of Minorities in the Development Process: Jews in Medieval Germany and Europe – Thomas Heberer: Ethnic Entrepreneurs as Agents of Social Change - the Impact of Ethnic Entrepreneurship on Social Change and Ethnicity. A Case Study among the Yi in Liangshan Autonomous prefecture in China – Alula Pankhurst: Social Exclusion and Cultural Marginalisation: Minorities of craftworkers and hunters in Ethiopia – Judith Möllers: Survival Strategies of Ethnic Minorities in the Highlands of Northern Thailand - Case Studies from Chiang Rai Province – Einhardt Schmidt-Kallert: The Integration of Minorities in Deprived Neighbourhoods in Germany - Some Lessons from the Programme «The Socially Integrative City» – Martin Habel: The Adivasi Development Program Gujarat – Vladimir Montoya: Being a minority among others hegemony discourse. Indigenous people confronting ethnic politics in Guainia.