Academic journal article Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe : JEMIE

Preface

Academic journal article Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe : JEMIE

Preface

Article excerpt

While every JEMIE issue makes a novel contribution to the study of minorities, the present issue opens up a new chapter in JEMIE's coverage by shifting the focus beyond Europe. Although ECMI's activities and focus have included minority politics and developments on other continents, this is the first JEMIE issue made up solely of non-European cases. As a well-read journal on minority issues, it is an important and highly relevant step. The articles in this issue show that minority problems are far from new or settled phenomena and that they continue to require strong political, legal and social attention, not only at the national or regional level, but globally. Moreover, the present JEMIE issue reconfirms some classic patterns of the problems faced by minorities, not least with the denial of rights to territory (see Makulilo in this JEMIE issue). Despite the significance of the context and specific conditions that are decisive in each minority situation - such as national legislation, historical minority-majority relations and/or resources - the broader challenges of living a minority life are not too different. …

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