Against the concept of ethnic conflict

  title={Against the concept of ethnic conflict},
  author={Bruce Gilley},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={1155 - 1166}
  • B. Gilley
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Sociology
  • Third World Quarterly
Despite a boom in studies of ethnic conflict, the empirical and conceptual justification for this field remains weak. Not only are claims of surging ethnic conflict unsubstantiated, but the concept itself is problematic. The concept tends to homogenise quite distinct political phenomena. Making valid causal inferences about ‘ethnic conflict’ is nearly impossible as a result, a shortcoming reflected in the un‐robust nature of the literature on the subject. For both practical and normative… 
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