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Tuesday 28 August 2007 INTL 4680 Ethnicity Ethnic Group Membership determined by descent or ancestry. Ethnic identity is ascriptive; something you are born with instead of something you choose. Members of ethnic groups know and value membership in the group. It has meaning to them. Group members share distinguishing cultural features. The group has a shared history, which may be partially invented. Most ethnic group has a homeland, or at least memories of one. Ethnic identities are quite prevalent. Ethnic identities are only one of many different kinds of collective identities. Ethnic identities are distinguished from many other types of identity (esp. economic ones) in that they are less voluntary in nature. But even here, there’s ambiguity. Classic Approaches to Ethnicity Liberalism o Ethnicity is “morally suspect” because it places groups above the individuals. o For better or worse, modernization and economic development would dissolve ethnic ties, create “new” people unconnected to the old ways. Marxism o Ethnicity is epiphenomenal , secondary to deeper forces (i.e.: material interests). o
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course INTL 4680 taught by Professor Bloom during the Fall '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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