Herder's Heritage and the Boundary-Making Approach: Studying Ethnicity in Immigrant Societies*

  title={Herder's Heritage and the Boundary-Making Approach: Studying Ethnicity in Immigrant Societies*},
  author={A. Wimmer},
  journal={Sociological Theory},
  pages={244 - 270}
  • A. Wimmer
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
Major paradigms in immigration research, including assimilation theory, multiculturalism, and ethnic studies, take it for granted that dividing society into ethnic groups is analytically and empirically meaningful because each of these groups is characterized by a specific culture, dense networks of solidarity, and shared identity. Three major revisions of this perspective have been proposed in the comparative ethnicity literature over the past decades, leading to a renewed concern with the… Expand

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