Review of Nationalist politics and everyday ethnicity in a Transylvanian town, by Brubaker, R., et al.
Staniewicz, Teresa (2010) Review of Nationalist politics and everyday ethnicity in a Transylvanian town, by Brubaker, R., et al. American Journal of Sociology, Vol.116 (No.1). pp. 325-327. ISSN 0002-9602Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/655673
Rogers Brubaker and his colleagues’ highly innovative tome, Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town, makes much progress in the search for more apposite reconceptualizations for understanding current—and highly contested—notions surrounding the concept of ethnicity, as well as ethnicity’s centrality to current related discourses. They take their modus operandi (p. 13) from Eric Hobsbawm’s premise that nationhood and nationalism are dual phenomena (Nations and Nationalism since 1780 [Cambridge University Press, 1990]), and though constructed from above (the team primarily explores “nationalist politics”), still need to be observed from below (they then explore in detail the enactment of everyday ethnicity). Furthermore, the analysis deliberately avoids using existing terminology such as “groups” (p. 11) tied to inherent notions of “boundedness,” preferring the looser and less fraught term of “categories,” allowing for a clearer observance of interactions at the individual level.
|Item Type:||Book Review|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||American Journal of Sociology|
|Publisher:||University of Chicago Press|
|Book Title:||Nationalist politics and everyday ethnicity in a Transylvanian town|
|Number of Pages:||4|
|Page Range:||pp. 325-327|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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