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The Ethnic Phenomenon

by Pierre L. van den Berghe

 

Van den Berghe contends that intergroup relations are reducible to individuals competing for scarce resources. He argues that ethnic nepotism is, at its very foundation, biological. This new approach is expanded further, taking into account how ethnicity is responsive to a wide spectrum of environmental factors.

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August 1987

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Pages 318
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Race and Ethnicity/General
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Van den Berghe contends that intergroup relations are reducible to individuals competing for scarce resources. While social classes are grouped according to common material interests, ethnic groups are organized by real or punitive common descent--ultimately on the basis of common interests. The author argues that ethnic nepotism is, at its very foundation, biological. This new approach is expanded further, taking into account how ethnicity is responsive to a wide spectrum of environmental factors. He analytically relates his own ideological biases to the substance of his work. What results is an intensely personal book of monumental scope and admirable intellectual honesty.

Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Theories and Ideologies of Ethnic RelationsAn Explanatory FrameworkEthnicity as Kin Selection: The Biology of NepotismEthnicity and Resource Competition: The Ecology of Territoriality and SpecializationEthnicity and Coercion: The Politics of HierarchySome Recurrent SituationsColonial EmpiresSlaveryMiddleman MinoritiesCasteConsociationalismAssimilationThe Formation, Persistence and Demise of EthnicityEthnicity and Other Bases of SocialityThe Dynamics of EthnicityBibliographyIndex

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