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Ethnic conflict: looking inside groups

Stroschein, S; (2016) Ethnic conflict: looking inside groups. Ethnopolitics , 16 (1) pp. 74-81. 10.1080/17449057.2016.1235830. Green open access

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Abstract

This article sketches the premises of a relational orientation to understanding ethnic conflict. Following on the work of Charles Tilly and others, it prioritizes relations and interactions in the dynamics of ethnic boundary preservation, rather than individual entities. I first outline the role of boundary activation mechanisms in ethnic conflict. I then present the interactions between elites and masses of ethnic groups in mixed settings that preserve coexistence, noting how a rupture of these interactions can lead to conflict. The aim of this orientation is to identify causal mechanisms and sequences in political processes. These mechanisms and sequences then serve as general statements that can be examined across a variety of settings. I conclude with a sketch of how progress in the field will involve a stronger focus on local research. In particular, the revered ethnic and political demographics of ethnic enclaves are a fruitful area for future research.

Type: Article
Title: Ethnic conflict: looking inside groups
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17449057.2016.1235830
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2016.1235830
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Ethnopolitics on 25 November 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17449057.2016.1235830.
Keywords: Boundaries, Ethnic identity, Mobilization, Ethnicity, Identity, Groups
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1522406
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