Academic journal article Ethnic Studies Review

Editor's Notes

Academic journal article Ethnic Studies Review

Editor's Notes

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In this opening issue of volume 31 we are presented with both nuanced and bold entry into several long enduring issues and topics stitching together the interdisciplinary fabric comprising ethnic studies. The authors of these articles bring to our attention social, cultural and economic issues shaping lively discourse in ethnic studies. They also bring to our attention interpretations of the meaning and significance of ethnic cultural contributions to the social history of this nation - past and present.

In "Artisans and the Marketing of Ethnicity: Globalization, Indigenous Identity and Nobility Principles in Micro Enterprise Development" Robin Chandler forces the question as to whether or not ethnic artisans are in control of their creative productions or are their cultural products subject to old and new forms of global economic exploitation. Delphine Gras' article, "TH Rise': Rememory, Hope and the Creation of a New Sphere in Ben Harper's Music" offers an interesting challenge. Using Jügen Habermas' concepts of the public sphere, Gras focusing on Ben Harper's creativity, makes the case that African American music constructs social spaces which inspire - some would say- incite- the politics of social movement and change. …

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