Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World

Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World

Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World

Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World

Synopsis

Race and Nation is the first book to compare the racial and ethnic systems that have developed around the world. It is the creation of nineteen scholars who are experts on locations as far-flung as China, Jamaica, Eritrea, Brazil, Germany, Punjab, and South Africa. The contributing historians, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and scholars of literary and cultural studies have engaged in an ongoing conversation, honing a common set of questions that dig to the heart of racial and ethnic groups and systems.Guided by those questions, they have created the first book that explores the similarities, differences, and the relationships among the ways that race and ethnicity have worked in the modern world. In so doing they have created a model for how to write world history that is detailed in its expertise, yet also manages broad comparisons.

Excerpt

This poster, found on a wall in Pamplona (Iruña in Basque) in March 2002, proclaims “All rights for all people.” Pamplona is a hotbed of Basque nationalist activity, and this poster is a manifestation of that activity; yet, it proclaims its multiracial intentions. The figures in the foreground bear the physiognomies of the Andes and West Africa. In the crowd of Basque working people behind are an Asian and a Middle Eastern or North African man. The entire crowd stands across a map of Europe.

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