Cover

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Front Matter

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Table of Contents

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p. vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvii

In recent years ethnic issues have commanded an inordinate amount of interest in both scholarly and public discourse in the United States and many other parts of the world. The result has been a vast outpouring of literature—more, it seems, than any single individual...

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1. Coming to Terms

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pp. 1-53

What exactly is ethnicity? And just what do we mean when we talk about ethnic groups? Basic questions? Obviously. But we find the answers are far from obvious when we give these questions the hard look they deserve. The most productive strategy is to begin with the...

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2. Expressions

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pp. 54-123

We have seen that ethnic identity is a time-dependent phenomenon with multiple meanings, that it exists in various forms between countries and over quite a range of spatial and social scales, and that, for many flexible individuals, there may be two or more choices as to...

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3. Heterolocalism

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pp. 124-154

If we cannot adequately appraise the contemporary ethnic scene without taking into account its spatial aspects, it is also true that there is no direct connection between such matters and our central theme of Ethnicity. However, we do encounter the intriguing phenomenon...

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4. Thinking About Identity

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pp. 155-184

Deciphering the puzzlements of ethnic phenomena—and, specifically, the meaning and implications of Ethnicity—is a project beyond our capabilities if we ignore the grander challenge of exploring the overarching general question of personal, group, and place identity...

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5. Explicating the Age of Ethnicity

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pp. 185-230

In this concluding chapter I take stock, as best I can, of the current ethnic scene in the United States, and I peer, most hesitantly, into a decidedly undecided future. If asked for a single term that best captures the present-day situation, the uncontested choice would...

Notes

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pp. 231-258

References

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pp. 259-306

Index

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pp. 307-315