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Dominant ethnicity: from minority to majority

Kaufmann, Eric P. and Haklai, O. (2008) Dominant ethnicity: from minority to majority. Nations and Nationalism 14 (4), pp. 743-767. ISSN 1354-5078.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8129.2008.00362.x

Abstract

This article argues that the world is in the midst of a long-term transition from dominant minority to dominant majority ethnicity. Whereas minority domination was common in premodern societies, modernity (with its accent on democracy and popular sovereignty) has engendered a shift to dominant majority ethnicity. The article begins with conceptual clarifications. The second section provides a broad overview of the general patterns of ethnic dominance that derive from the logic of modern nationalism and democratisation. The third section discusses remnants of dominant minorities in the modern era and suggests that their survival hinges on peculiar historical and social circumstances coupled with resistance to democratisation. The fourth section shifts the focus to dominant majorities in the modern era and their relationship to national identities. The article ends with a discussion of the fortunes of dominant ethnicity in the West.

Item Type: Article
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Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Alawi, dominant ethnicity, dominant minority, Iraq, majority group, postcolonial nationalism
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2011 15:50
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2148

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