ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Ethnicity and Nationality

Ethnicity and Nationality Niraja Gopal Jayal Citizenship, Nationality and Ethnicity; Reconciling Competing Identities by T K Oommen; Polity Press, Cambridge, 1997, THIS important new book from a distinguished Indian sociologist seeks to grapple with questions of ethnicity and nationality through a detailed exercise of conceptual clarification. An impressively vast historical and comparative canvas forms the background and basis of this attempt at sweeping away the dusty cobwebs of historical and sociological scholarship, and disentangling the often confused discourse around these concepts. Though the title describes its concern as the competing identities of citzenship, nationality and ethnicity, in that order, the substance of the book suggests that the order of importance is actually the reverse. As such, ethnicity and processes of 'ethnification' are problematised, while citizenship in plural societies is offered as a solution.

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