Featured weekly article: ‘Carnivals of Surplus Emotion?’ Towards an Understanding of the Significance of Ecstatic Nationalism in a Globalising World

‘Carnivals of Surplus Emotion?’ Towards an Understanding of the Significance of Ecstatic Nationalism in a Globalising World By Michael Skey Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 143-161 Abstract This paper focuses on public events that celebrate the nation and how they may offer important insights into the study of wider discourses of (national) identity and belonging. … [Read more…]

‘Elites and the Making of Post-Soviet Nations: Nationalising Regimes in Kazakhstan and Latvia’

‘Elites and the Making of Post-Soviet Nations: Nationalising Regimes in Kazakhstan and Latvia’ Diana T. Kudaibergenova (Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, 2015) Supervisor: David Lane Diana T. Kudaibergenova is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Development Studies, POLIS Department, University of Cambridge. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the CERI Science Po, Paris, … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: The Ethnic and Civic Foundations of Citizenship and Identity in the Horn of Africa

The Ethnic and Civic Foundations of Citizenship and Identity in the Horn of Africa By Redie Bereketeab Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 63-81 Abstract The article seeks to analyse the ethic and civic forms of citizenship and identity in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia and to some extent Sudan are pursuing the ethnic model. While … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Boundaries in Shaping the Rohingya Identity and the Shifting Context of Borderland Politics

Boundaries in Shaping the Rohingya Identity and the Shifting Context of Borderland Politics By Kazi Fahmida Farzana Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 292-314 Abstract In recent years, new waves of ethnic violence in the Arakan (Rakhine) state of Burma (Myanmar) have resulted in increased internal displacement and the continued exodus of the Rohingya people to … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: ‘Two Ukraines’ Reconsidered: The End of Ukrainian Ambivalence?

‘Two Ukraines’ Reconsidered: The End of Ukrainian Ambivalence? By Mykola Riabchuk Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 138-156 Abstract The 2014 Russo-Ukrainian war, euphemistically called the ‘Ukraine crisis’, has largely confirmed, on certain accounts, a dramatic split of the country and people’s loyalties between the proverbial ‘East’ and ‘West’, between the ‘Eurasian’ and ‘European’ ways of … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Nationalism, Exclusion and Violence: A Territorial Approach

Nationalism, Exclusion and Violence: A Territorial Approach By John Robert Etherington Volume 7, Issue 3, pages 24-44 Abstract Nationalism can be understood as a doctrine of territorial political legitimacy, in the sense that demands for national self-government necessarily involve claims over a given territory. Such claims are ultimately justified by establishing a relationship of mutual … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: From the Bronx to the Wilderness: Inari-Sami Rap, Language Revitalisation and Contested Ethnic Stereotypes

From the Bronx to the Wilderness: Inari-Sami Rap, Language Revitalisation and Contested Ethnic Stereotypes By Juha Ridanpää and Annika Pasanen Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 213-230 Abstract This article discusses how rap music operates as an emancipatory ‘tool’ in the processes of language preservation and the deconstruction of ethnic stereotypes. It focuses on Amoc, the … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Chinese Labour in World War I France and the Fluctuations of Historical Memory

Chinese Labour in World War I France and the Fluctuations of Historical Memory By Paul J. Bailey Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 362-382 Introduction Just outside the small village of Noyelles-sur-mer in Picardy (at the mouth of the River Somme in western France) is located the Cimetière chinoise (Chinese Cemetery). Scrupulously maintained by the Commonwealth … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: The Politics of Identity and Mimetic Constructions in the Philippine Transnational Experience

The Politics of Identity and Mimetic Constructions in the Philippine Transnational Experience By Sharon Orig Volume 6, Issue 1, pages 49-68 Abstract As Filipinos traverse transnational space, the Filipino ethnic identity becomes enmeshed in a politics of identity. Filipinos witness how their identities are eroded, subordinated and, sometimes, corrupted. Identity politics relegates Filipinos to second-class … [Read more…]

Featured weekly article: Ethno-Religious Identity and Sectarian Civil Society: A Case from India

Ethno-Religious Identity and Sectarian Civil Society: A Case from India By Sarbeswar Sahoo Volume 8, Issue 3, pages 453-480 Abstract This paper analyses the role of Rajasthan Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad (RVKP), an ethnic Hindu(tva) organisation, among the tribal populations in south Rajasthan. It argues that the RVKP has been able to enhance its legitimacy and … [Read more…]